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January 1967

The Automation Syndrome: The Introduction of Automation and Its Psychiatric Consequences

Author Affiliations

From Memorial Hospital of Long Beach, Department of Psychiatry, Long Beach, Calif, and the California College of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(1):56-59. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730190058007

WHEN Mr. Williams awoke in the morning it seemed to him that he had been lying in bed only a short while with his eyes closed without knowing who or where he was. His memory had never failed him before. His brain felt like it was a blank sheet of paper waiting to be written on. He weakly attempted to think himself into the present. One by one the blocked connections began to come together. His name was Williams, his first name Floyd. He was 57 years old. He had better get up and get to work. He had been working at the same place for the past 22 years and there were many changes going on at work, so he'd better get there as he had done regularly over the past 22 years. Suddenly the connections again blocked; his memory failed him. He shook his head, but as

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