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June 27, 1936

Geopsyche: Die Menschenseele unterm Einfluss von Wetter und Klima, Boden und Landschaft

JAMA. 1936;106(26):2258-2259. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770260052029

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The fact that Hellpach's book "Geopsyche" (the 1923 edition was published under the title of Geopsychische Erscheinungen) has reached a fourth edition must indicate a growing continental interest in the study of man as a creature of his environment; an interest in the patient as diseased because of maladjustment to the world about him. But Hellpach is not an environmentalist in the sense of the psychologist. For him, environment is the universe—more particularly the "airs, waters, places" on which Hippocrates built his structure. In the English speaking countries this point of view is still medically remote, though in the collateral sciences, in general biology, in zoology, in botany, a broader concept is forging ahead, if Livingston's evaluation is correct. This edition has been almost entirely rewritten and the material has been carefully selected, condensed and amplified. As it now stands it presents an excellent review of the interrelation of the

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