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May 27, 1968

The Psychiatrist: Personality and Patterns

JAMA. 1968;204(9):834. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140220082038

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Wouldn't you enjoy listening to the reminiscences and comments of an older physician who had personal contacts with many of the leaders in his field? Walter Freeman has held a prominent place in American psychiatry and neurology for many years and has been involved in much controversy. In this book he writes about psychiatrists as if he were just chatting, recalling personal experiences, anecdotes told him by friends, information and ideas culled from wide reading.

He describes in some detail individual psychiatrists, ranging in time from Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) to some still living. He includes the well-known figures such as Freud, Jung, and Meyer and gives prominence to the leaders in physical therapy of mental illness, such as von Jauregg, Sakel, Meduna, Cerletti. He includes the "dynasties"— Menningers, Bullards, Grinkers. An essay on psychiatrists who kill themselves accompanies short biographies of eight who did so.

In addition to the biographical