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September 5, 1925


Author Affiliations

Associate in Neurology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons NEW YORK

JAMA. 1925;85(10):723-729. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670100011004

Among the many recent advances made by the medical sciences, none can approach in extent and significance those made by psychiatry. Within a brief period of some twelve years, the latter has extended its scope of activity from the narrow, circumscribed field of caring for the mentally sick committed to state hospitals for the insane to the large, boundless sphere dealing with the problems of the great realm of conduct disorders. In so doing, it did not confine itself to unraveling the mysteries of the psychoses, or plumbing the depths of the roots of the psychoneuroses, but it also penetrated the jungles of criminology and penology, invaded the marshes of delinquency and dependence, entered the sacred domains of theology, and did not even spare the sanctity of the home and family. As a result of this adventure, many new facts have been brought to light, and greater emphasis has been