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December 1943

Psychiatry in Medical Education.

Arch NeurPsych. 1943;50(6):742. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1943.02290240126018

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This book gives a review of the situation in the years 1932 to 1940 concerning curriculums in medical schools and methods of teaching psychiatry in the United States. Both the basic training for all physicians and the special training for psychiatrists are discussed. Chapters I, II and III take up general aims and procedures in medical education, while chapters IV to IX deal particularly with psychiatric education. The data used come from the survey of the division of psychiatric education of the National Committee on Mental Hygiene. The third section of the book, chapters X and XI, discusses psychiatric training for the practice of the specialty.

Throughout the book one can see the influence of Adolf Meyer; in fact, the authors say that psychobiology is their leitmotif. Meyer's historic contribution is described as follows: "Until this time it had been customary to attach a single-word disease term to a newly

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