Psychiatry and Philosophy

  • Erwin W. Straus
  • Maurice Natanson
  • Henri Ey
  • Maurice Natanson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Erwin W. Straus
    Pages 1-83
  3. Maurice Natanson
    Pages 85-110

About this book


The three essays reprinted in this book were first published in 1963 as individual chapters of a psychiatric treatise entitled Psychiatrie der Gegen­ wart (Psychiatry of the Present Day). The editors, W. H. GRUHLE (Bonn), R. JUNG (Freiburg/Br. ), W. MAYER-GROSS (Birmingham, England), M. MUL­ LER (Bern, Switzerland), had not planned an encyclopedic presentation; they did not intend to present a "handbook" which would be as complete as possible in details and bibliographic reference. Their intention was to "raze the walls" separating Continental and Anglo-Saxon psychiatries and to offer a synopsis of developments in psychiatry during the last decades on an international basis. The editors requested, therefore, cooperation of scholars from many foreign countries, large and small, on both sides of the Atlantic. A section entitled "Borderlands of Psychiatry", in which MARGARET MEAD (New York) discusses the relation of "Psychiatry and Ethnology", HANS HEIMAN (Bern), the relation of "Religion und Psychiatrie", and ROBERT VOLMER (Paris), "Art et Psychiatrie", is a good illustration of the trilingual character of the whole work. Two of the editors, GRUHLE and MAYER-GROSS, died before the publi­ cation had been completed. In a kind of posthumous eulogy, Professor JUNG and Professor MULLER praised the initiative and accomplishments of MAYER-GROSS, "who during the last five years of his life had given a great deal of his time to this work. He had set his mind on a synthesis of German and Anglo-Saxon psychiatry.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Erwin W. Straus
    • 1
  • Maurice Natanson
    • 2
  • Henri Ey
    • 3
  1. 1.VA-Hospital, Medical CenterUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  3. 3.Hôpital PsychiatriqueBonnevalFrance

Editors and affiliations

  • Maurice Natanson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1969
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-87986-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-87984-5
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