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September 1970

The Psychiatrist: Personalities and Patterns.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(3):537-538. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310090167049

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This book, filled with brief biographies of the leading psychiatrists of the last 100 years is one of the most interesting and delightful volumes this reviewer has read in recent years. Walter Freeman has known intimately most of the men about whom he writes. He organized the American Board of Psychology and Neurology, and he was secretary of the Board from 1934 to 1946. For 30 years he taught neurology. The book is written in simple and delightful English, and Freeman is so honest and fearless that he keeps telling us about some of the things that have for long distressed him about the development of psychiatry.

In his introduction he asks, "What manner of man is a psychiatrist? He is portrayed in print and in cartoons, not always in a flattering manner." In many places, Freeman expresses regret that so many psychiatrists, from the earliest days, when most of

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