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September 16, 1939

The Open Mind: Elmer Ernest Southard, 1876-1920

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370074049

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This is a biography of Dr. Elmer Ernest Southard, a pioneer in modern mental hygiene and psychiatry, a public spirited citizen and social worker, and a scientist. The book is written in pleasing style, supplemented by excellent illustrations, anecdotes and comments. There are most interesting examples of Dr. Southard's contributions to poetry and a bibliography of his writings. The book is a valuable contribution to every medical-historical collection and will be of especial interest of course to those in the field of psychiatry.

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