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December 1947

Psychiatric Research. Papers read at the Dedication of the Laboratory for Biochemical Research, McLean Hospital, Waverley, Mass.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;58(6):774. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300350124012

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The six papers read at this dedication ceremony, held on May 17, 1946, are here fittingly recorded as the ninth number of the Harvard University Monographs in Medicine and Public Health. The review by Dr. Folch, the director of the new laboratory, entitled "Biochemical Problems Related to Psychiatry," is a masterful exposition of a series of anatomic, biochemical, metabolic and energy characteristics of the brain in a manner which leads directly to a host of problems capable of laboratory investigation. Dr. Penfield delivered an informative and provocative lecture on "Psychical Seizures," suggestive of the possibilities involved in the investigation of "brain biology." Dr. Cobb's lecture was in the form of a report on the work which had been done in the psychiatric wards of the Massachusetts General Hospital, dealing at some length with the investigations conducted there on the relation of neurocirculatory aesthenia and anxiety states. Drs. Drinker, Gasser and

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