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March 30, 1912


Author Affiliations

Director of Phipps Clinic and Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital BALTIMORE

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(13):911-914. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030309003

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I must begin with a remark as to definition: We are considering the relationship of two fields of debatable connotation. Naturally to me the fixed part of the problem is psychiatry—i. e., the orderly and systematic description, analysis, differentiation and melioristic handling, either in terms of brain disease or in terms of Nature's experiment, of cases or conditions in which mental life is disturbed.

As the second part of the problem we have to discuss the psychology, which is the fixed point to most of you and of which it is said that as to the contents of a book of psychology there is to-day no special doubt; we might then assume that our problem would be the value of such a psychology in psychiatry, either in a narrow sense of study and care of insanity or the wider sense given above.

The question must, however, arise and will be

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