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Ends and Means of Psychiatric Research

  • Emil Kraepelin

The story of the founding of the German Institute of Psychiatric Research reveals the astonishing fact that a great enterprise, requiring millions of marks, and serving in the first instance purposes of pure science, has been carried into execution, even amid the tumult of the war, in little over a twelvemonth. The preparatory work dates back, of course, to the pre-war period, but the scheme had to give place to the great task of the day, until, on January 6th, 1916, with the subscription of the first half-million marks, the possibility of its materialising came suddenly within reach. Six months later the future of the new Institute was firmly assured, and on February 13th, 1917, His Majesty King Ludwig was able to grant the charter that gave it being. On June 10th, 1917, was held the first public meeting at which the position of the Institute with regard to the development of our science could be made plain, and in April of this year (2) five of the seven departments originally projected had taken up their work under the leadership of eminent savants. The others will follow as soon as the circumstances of the time permit a satisfactory solution of the problem of personnel.

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(1) Translated by Sydney J. Cole from “Ziele und Wege der psychiatrischen Forschung,” Arbeiten aus der Deutschen Forschungsanstalt für Psychiatrie in München, Bd. i, December, 1919 (Sonderdruck aus der Zeitschr. f. d. ges. Neurol. u. Psychiat., Orig.-Bd. xlii, Heft 3/5). [The Journal has acquired the sole rights to publish this article in the English language.—Eds.]

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