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May 24, 1947


JAMA. 1947;134(4):393-394. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880210071023

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To the Editor:—  When Dr. W. C. Menninger delivered the second Menas K. Gregory Lecture before the Psychiatric Division of Bellevue Hospital, he said, in part, that the "universality of emotions, of feelings and their effects on the human body make it imperative that every individual practicing medicine be as well grounded in the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the psyche as he is in that of the soma" (Lessons from Military Psychiatry for Civilian Psychiatry, Diplomate19:69, 1947). As if replying in rebuttal, Wilson and Rupp observed somewhat later as they surveyed the present trends in neurology that "save for a few isolated exceptions, most of the psychosomaticists have become too preoccupied with aspects of the psyche to the neglect of the soma" (Present Trends in the Practice of Neurology, The Journal, Feb. 22, 1947, p. 509). This parallelism of verbal expression presents a provoking divergence of emphasis.

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