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  • Derek Russell Davis (a1)
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Psychiatrists, who in their treatment of mental disorder apply theories, concepts and method drawn from many branches of knowledge, have shown remarkably little interest in the humanities. Distinct from the natural and social sciences, these are concerned with human behaviour and culture. Their neglect contrasts with the keen interest in psychopathology shown in many humanities departments in universities, from which flows a stream of publications on the psychopathology of the famous, writers and artists, and the characters they create. The data on which such studies are based are similar to those making up case-histories, as Jaspers (1913–46; English translation 1963) pointed out, although the selection of the latter tends to be more focussed by a theory.

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