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April 1960


AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(4):658. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270160156020

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Dr. Harold Abramson has ably assembled the thoughts expressed by participants of the Fourth Conference on Neuropharmacology sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation, Sept. 25-27, 1957, at Princeton, N.J. The topics presented and discussed are: "The Effect of Respiratory Poisons and Anoxia on Siamese Fighting Fish in Relation to LSD-25 Reaction," by Harold A. Abramson; "Clinical Studies with Taraxein," by Robert G. Heath; " 'Stop' and 'Start' Systems," by John C. Lilly; and "Some Relations between Chemical Structure and Physiological Action of Mescaline and Related Compounds," by Gordon A. Alles.

The book is a worthwhile contribution to psychopharmacological literature. Of greater importance than the experimental observations reported are the discussions relative to scientific methodology, treatment of data, and their interpretation. If the results of research in psychopharmacology are to be of scientific value, the resources of the disciplines of psychiatry and psychology, on the one hand, and pharmacology, on

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