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July 29, 1939

HARD FACTS ABOUT PSYCHIATRY

Author Affiliations

Psychiatrist-in-Chief, the Neuro-Psychiatric Institute HARTFORD, CONN.

JAMA. 1939;113(5):377-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800300007003
Abstract

I can understand the dismay that must have filled the heart of the old-time medical practitioner when, shortly after the World War as the new dynamic psychiatry—then a lusty infant with new, esoteric phrases and glib terminology—when, as I say, he came face to face with the new psychiatry for the first time! How his head must have whirled as he had the newly developed professional jargon thrown at him by some enthusiastic protagonist of the "new psychiatry." Because it was the World War that brought the so-called "new psychiatry" into prominence.

A psychiatric conference in those postwar strongly freudian days was an interesting and an awesome thing; new phrases, new words, new ideas were coined by each new adherent to the school of dynamic psychiatry. Conservative members of the profession were nearly engulfed in a sea of complexes, fixations, transferences and cross transferences, and they swam hopelessly against being

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