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May 1961

Can People Learn to Learn? How to Know Each Other

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(5):793-794. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620050159028

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This interesting book is Volume 18 in the series known as World Perspectives. These small books edited by Ruth Nanda Anshen are intended to outline basic new trends in modern civilizations by distinguished contemporary thinkers and to interpret the creative forces at work in today's world, emphasizing the principle of unity in all mankind and of permanence within change.

Among psychiatrists, Brock Chisholm is eminently fitted to fulfill so challenging a prospect. He has been a forceful and highly articulate leader in world psychiatry; until recently he was Director General of the World Health Organization. He has long been in the forefront of the fight against local, national, religious, and parental taboos which cloud so many minds.

Chisholm begins the book with the attempt to depict ourselves in the stead of various peoples over the globe, trying to feel with them in their outlook on world problems. Short descriptions of

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