[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Citations 0
Books, Journals, New Media
June 23/30, 1999

Psychiatry: A Map of the Mind: Toward A Science of Psychotherapy

Author Affiliations

Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association

JAMA. 1999;281(24):2347. doi:10.1001/jama.281.24.2347

In the beginning, there was Freud, as a guide whose theories of mind and psychopathology drove scientific psychiatric thinking throughout much of the present century. In A Map of the Mind, Richard Brockman, a Columbia University Hospital psychiatrist and faculty member of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, presents his thesis that John Bowlby, conceptualizer of attachment disorders, might better be hailed as a seminal thinker in light of current psychiatric knowledge. We are entering a time, Brockman explains, when imaging studies of the brain are greatly improving our functional-anatomic understanding of affective and cognitive abnormalities. Such studies also shed light on how the different psychotropic medications work, which receptors are preferentially affected, and, by extrapolation, which neural pathways govern various states of mind. Ideally, such information will prove helpful in refining drugs so that more potent "target effects" are accompanied by fewer side effects.