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March 1961

Recent Contributions of Biological and Psychosocial Investigations to Preventive Psychiatry, Proceedings of the 2d Institute on Preventive Psychiatry

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(3):463-464. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620030151026

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Words like psychosocial, social science, and sociology are likely to conjure up in my mind earnest endeavors of good people who have barricaded themselves behind an elaborate and almost impregnable picket fence of cliches where they can peacefully exchange jargon with their colleagues in misery. On several occasions when I tried to find out if ideas were exchanged, too, I got lost. For about a year I toyed with this book, opening it in a casual way and then promptly putting it down and escaping to what I thought would be more rewarding reading. But, at length, perhaps because of a sense of guilt, I did get into it. I found to my great surprise that, although there were some places where the going was very tough, much of the matter in this book was not only intelligible and interesting but had a considerable importance for teachers and practitioners of

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