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March 1953

Treatment of Mental Disorder

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1953;69(3):413-414. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1953.02320270134018

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"A poet once remarked that the gifts of life are thus distributed that, alas, we are given either the wine or the cup, seldom both together. I think he was referring to the wine of the vitality of youth and to the cup of wisdom and experience. I should like to paraphrase this simile, alluding to the increased zest resulting from relief of anxiety and depression, the basic physical change of mood readily afforded by physical treatments, as the wine; and to the understanding of psychodynamics and the appreciation of emotional needs resulting therefrom as the cup. Alas, the wine of physical treatment is too often spilled without the cup. But the cup alone, beautifully designed and crystal clear though it may be, will be void of substance—the zest of vitality that is often the primary need of the sick person.

"In this book, I ventured to outline how the

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