The Scientific Status of Psychiatric Diagnosis

  • Jules H. Masserman


Contrary to current protests that psychiatry has become too diffuse and “is riding madly off in all directions”, I propose that our discipline cannot be other than inclusive and integrative. In effect, no person’s “normal” or “deviant” behavior can be adequately understood or treated without a comprehensive grasp of his genetic proclivities and physiopathologic functions, his unique formative experiences, his past and recent stresses, and his various coping capacities as related to his current economic, environmental, cultural and other contingencies. Indeed, in the inherent wisdom of our language the philologic roots of our basic psychiatric terms “health”,“personality”, “disorder”and “therapy”embody their interrelatedness. To illustrate:


Personality Disorder Psychiatric Diagnosis Scientific Status Conversion Disorder Coping Capacity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jules H. Masserman
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  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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