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November 1956

Aspects de la psychiatrie moderne.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(5):565-566. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330290109015

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In this small book the professor of psychiatry at the University of Paris has collected three addresses which he made, respectively, when he assumed the chair of psychiatry, at the opening of the First World Congress of Psychiatry, and before the 52d Congress of French-speaking neurologists and psychiatrists.

In the first two addresses Professor Delay outlines the two lines of development of psychiatry in the first half of the twentieth century—the biological and the psychological. The treatment of the subject is almost identical in the two addresses except that, in the second, he mentions the names of those who will treat of the various aspects in the sessions of the Congress. Delay develops the theme that this dualist approach is merely two aspects of the Janus-headed subject of psychiatry and that the two tend to come together in the psychosomatic approach. Nothing new is developed in these addresses, which present

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