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May 16, 1980

The Later Papers of Sir Aubrey Lewis

Author Affiliations

Boston University School of Medicine Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1980;243(19):1953. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300450055030

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Sir Aubrey Lewis, LLD, DSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, lately emeritus professor of psychiatry, University of London, formerly of the Institute of Psychiatry, was a distinguished and important English psychiatrist. Two volumes of his collected works were published shortly after his retirement in 1966.

This group of 24 articles was written between his retirement and his death in 1975. They are primarily essays in the history of psychiatry and are characterized by superb erudition and a deep understanding of his profession and its roots, written in elegant English. He once wrote, "The humanities cannot, by definition, be classified as sciences but history and ethics and, in the long run, philosophy are branches of knowledge from which medicine draws sustenance. This is particularly true of their relation to psychiatry."

The articles are introduced by Michael Shepherd, and there is a bibliography of Sir Aubrey's articles for 1926 to 1978. It will not