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October 10, 1953

Prospects in Psychiatric Research

JAMA. 1953;153(6):604-605. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940230076019

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This conference posed for itself the following two problems: "What are the ignorances which today principally hamper our understanding of the nature, prevention, and cure of mental illness? What advances in research are most likely to remove these and so help to reduce the population of mental hospitals and institutions for delinquents?" To answer these questions the conference assembled Britain's leading authorities from nearly every psychiatric field. The contribution of each is of major interest to all those who deal with the fundamentals of behavior.

In an introduction to the symposium, the anatomist Le Gros Clark points out that "intellect" and "emotion" are separable neither psychologically nor anatomically. In microsmatic man only parts of the uncus, olfactory tubercle, and amygdalae have direct olfactory functions; whereas the so-called rhinencephalon is a complex organ for emotional integration and, via the hypothalamus, controls the bodily expression of affect. The hippocampus, in particular, initiates

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