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The New Psychiatry: being the Morrison Lectures delivered at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in March, 1915

Nature volume 96, pages 644646 (10 February 1916) | Download Citation



IT is the accepted duty of this journal to recognise all interests in natural knowledge, and as problems of the mind are included in this group we may fittingly and appropriately refer to the above volume. Mental problems are not easy to solve, and the old methods of observation and induction—hitherto called psychological analysis—have of late given way to what has been described as “psycho-analysis,” the assumed utility of the latter claiming for it a fresh title under the name of the “new psychiatry.” Its author is Sigmund Freud, of Vienna, and one of its most brilliant exponents is K. Yung, of Zurich, who has lately tended to break away completely from the teachings and practice of the so-called “Freudian school.” This school has few disciples among thoughtful and reflective men and women. In this country healthier conditions and a more natural and ethical view of life maintain, and we recognise that man is not an animal dominated by crude instinct and base passion, as the disciples of Freud maintain, but that he is a responsible being, fashioned after the image of God, and endowed with mental, spiritual, and physical attainments which can be proved by an experience not that of men of science only.

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