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March 30, 1912


Author Affiliations

Professor of Neurology, Tufts College Medical School BOSTON

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(13):918-921. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030316006

The point of this symposium, as I understand it, is the relation between normal psychology and medical education. If by normal psychology is meant that which is taught in the ordinary academic curriculum as expounded in the more commonly used text-books, the question is a very simple one. At least it is such if I, as a teacher and practitioner of medicine, correctly apprehend the problems of pathologic psychology. I say that it is a simple question for I am unable to see any particularly close relation between this kind of normal psychology and the problems of medicine, and particularly psychotherapy. I would not say that normal psychology as commonly taught has no value whatsoever for the student of psychopathology and for him who is concerned with the healing of the sick organism. That would be an extravagant statement. If one digs through a text-book of normal psychology one finds