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December 1956

The Menninger Story.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(6):682. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330300114017

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A phenomenon which has been important to American Medicine, namely, the establishment by individuals or families of great clinics and training centers without initial association with universities, is documented in this volume in relation to the Menninger Clinic, as has previously been done in the case of the Mayo Clinic (Clapesattle, H. B.: The Doctors Mayo, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1941).

The problem undertaken by Walker Winslow in this book is impressive in its scope, for adequate understanding of the founding and growth of the Topeka clinic involves understanding of the lives of three men, both individually and as they are mutually affected by their interrelationships.

The author has not flinched in the face of this challenge, and, except for a certain enthusiasm which has prevented him from placing the Menninger Clinic in proper perspective in relation to other important modern influences in American psychiatric training and practice, he