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Article
March 4, 1933

A PHYLOGENETIC STUDY OF INSANITY IN ITS UNDERLYING MORPHOLOGY

Author Affiliations

Scientific Director, the Lifwynn Foundation NEW YORK

JAMA. 1933;100(9):648-651. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740090020007
Abstract

Following normal and traditional interpretations, it has ever been the position of psychiatry that mental disorders consist in a disagreement or disparity between a patient's ideas or mental content and the ideas or mental content of the so-called healthy persons about him. Experimentation, however, with the interreactions of individuals under conditions of laboratory control, indicates that the real disparity in these disorders is not located in this interideational sphere but that it represents a behavior distortion in the biology of man as a race. In the present discussion I shall briefly describe a trend of investigation which attempts to trace to its demonstrable source the essential nature of this biologic conflict or disparity as indicated on the basis of these experiments.1

In the domain of structural medicine, as we know, the physician does not treat the symptoms of a disease condition in his attempt to remedy the condition. It

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