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A library of the classics in psychiatry is, to put it blandly, hard to come by. Hence, the gleaning of historically significant works in order to abstract from them representative samplings is a useful and laudable enterprise. A good many years ago Smith Ely Jelliffe attempted to do as much. His translations of and commentaries on the ancient Greek physicians who wrote on mental illness, published as occasional papers, are still worth reading. Jelliffe was an erudite man with many irons in the fire. He did not go far in his history project. Gregory Zilboorg, whose A History of Medical
Documentary History of Psychiatry: A Source Book on Historical Principles.. Ann Intern Med. ;67:470. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-2-470
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(2):470.
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