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May 11, 1963

Conflict and creativity; man and civilization. Part 2 of control of the mind. A symposium. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

JAMA. 1963;184(6):519. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700190137037

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The title does not really indicate the content of this stimulating book. Actually, it is the report of a symposium held in January, 1962, which discussed various topics related to the use of drugs as they influenced behavior, mood, and thought. The first such conference, in 1961, was reported in Man and Civilization: Control of the Mind.

The present volume contains nineteen papers and six panel discussions by an assortment of well-known professional men, including physicians, psychologists, social scientists, pharmacologists, writers, a musician, and a diplomat. The topics vary from such specific matters as the evaluation of particular drugs in psychiatric patients to such general topics as the psychological bases of freedom. While a few papers deal with some aspects of creative work and methods of resolving differences, most bear only remote relation to "conflict and creativity," the subtitle.

Several contributions were of special interest to this reviewer. Benjamin Passamanick

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