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September 4, 1915

OBJECTIVE PSYCHOLOGY OR PSYCHOBIOLOGY WITH SUBORDINATION OF THE MEDICALLY USELESS CONTRAST OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL

Author Affiliations

Director of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University BALTIMORE

JAMA. 1915;LXV(10):860-863. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580100024006
Abstract

A few years ago the American Psychological Association discussed the question of a course in psychology for medical students. Since then the problem has been taken up in the Johns Hopkins Medical Department, last year in a course which I gave with the collaboration of Prof. J. B. Watson and Prof. Knight Dunlap, and this year in a course which I gave alone. The time allotted was two afternoon hours a week in the spring trimester of the second year, altogether twenty hours.

My first step was to find the standpoint of my students, many of whom had had courses in psychology at college. I asked them to state what relation psychology had in their minds to physiology and pathology. I was at once confronted with a lack of definiteness and agreement which is the inevitable consequence of the fact that there is but little mutual understanding among the teachers

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