The Psychopathology of Clonal Man

  • Leon Eisenberg


My title was assigned, not chosen. I bow reluctantly to the authority of the Chairperson in addressing myself to it, for I fancy I hear in the distance the laughter of the gods at our hubris in speculating on the psychopathology of clonal man, a creature who is likely never to exist. More to the point, I wince at the knowing smiles of those in this audience who consider it all too appropriate for a psychiatrist to discuss non-disease in non-man, given their view of how remote at best psychiatry is from reality. Gods and audience aside, the title foreshadows a conclusion I am not at all certain is correct. The psychopathology, if there be any, may be more in our preoccupation with the apparition than in the possibility of its realization. But that is a theme I will return to later.


Receptive Field Striate Cortex Genetic Determinism Striate Cell Human Cloning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leon Eisenberg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolUSA
  2. 2.Children’s Hospital Medical CenterBostonUSA

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