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February 1971

Brain Storms: A Study of Human Spontaneity.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(2):192. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750080096019

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This unique title represents what the author, an unusual and unique man, considers to be that abrupt, impetuous, and sudden electrical-like storm by which the human brain can meet, match, try to cope with, and even adapt to, the stresses, strains, and continuity of our everyday living.

In preparation for this tome, Dr. Barber drew from his earliest experiences in neural sciences at the University of Chicago, at Cornell, and at the William Alansen White Institute of Psychiatry.

Dr. Barber is in accord with Jackson's beliefs that fits are products of subpsychological neurophysiological operations. And he subscribes to Freud's ideas about the similarities in epileptic or in epileptic-like fits in neurotic and normal behavior and even in acts of invention, discovery, and creation.

There are four parts in this book in which the author attempts to show that the brain, as a selective organ, meets

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