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February 28, 1948

The Engrammes of Psychiatry

JAMA. 1948;136(9):655-656. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890260063028

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The dust jacket of this volume states that the system of biologic psychiatry elucidated within removes all the mysticism of psychiatry which has puzzled physicians in other branches of medicine. This is fine except for the fact that one fears that the psychiatrists themselves will become puzzled on considering many of the concepts postulated in the book. The jacket indicates that "the validities set forth will enable physicians and students to now move in an orderly manner, accurately, and with confidence in this comparatively new field." In the preface the authors indicate their approach by stating that they believe that anatomy and physiology of the brain offer the only true basis for an understanding of mental disturbances! They aim to present in this book the anatomy and physiology of human behavior.

After an introduction, the writers proceed to a discussion of conation, which, they conclude, depends on a motor mechanism