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September 1965

Biochemistry and Behavior.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(3):461-463. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870030141028

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It is well known that biologically oriented psychiatric investigators believe aberrant emotional or mental states to be disturbances of the biological or biochemical homeostasis. Many write as if the structural formulae for various emotions are not far off. On the other hand, psychologically, dynamically, or analytically oriented investigators view and interpret these aberrant states almost wholly from a psychologic viewpoint.

Then comes a new battle cry—interdisciplinary investigation. When one enters into the shadowland between two disciplines to bridge them, one may be assailed by both disciplines. One complaint may be that when a book has 2,000 bibliographic references to both disciplines it is less than critical in its inclusiveness, but if it carries few references bearing more heavily on one side it is often considered to be discriminatory. If a book gives an account of the state of a discipline it is said to be merely a reportorial account.

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