• E. James Anthony


The spirit of experimentation has often been regarded as antipathetic to the clinical approach. It short-circuits Nature’s meandering methodologies. The clinician, for many centuries, was a natural healer and went about his business with inexhaustible patience, content to bide his time until the bodily processes shifted in his favor, doing little actively except to facilitate the change. Although modern therapeutic agents have accelerated the mechanism of recovery, he has retained his traditional alliance with nature and still inclines to a general policy of noninterference. The clinical investigator carries some of this attitude with him into the research situation. He may wait for the “experiment of nature” to come his way rather than shape events to suit his own time and convenience.


Complex Manifold Child Psychology Clinical Approach Child Psychiatry Characteristic Context 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. James Anthony
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  1. 1.William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child PsychiatryWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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