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'In the Mind Fields' and the renewed emphasis on a mindful approach to mental illness

'In the Mind Fields' and the renewed emphasis on a mindful approach to mental illness

In a 1956 cover story marking the centenary of Sigmund Freud's birth, Time celebrated the Viennese physician as the father of American psychiatry. While the magazine acknowledged that fewer than 10% of the nation's 9,000 psychiatrists were "hard-core analysts," it estimated that at least 70% of those trained since the early 1930s were steeped in Freud. "His teachings," the laudatory piece concluded, "have drawn the charts for modern medicine's progress into the diagnosis and cure of mental illness." Today most Americans, including President Obama, are convinced that the future of psychiatry lies not with psychoanalysis but with neuroscience. Two...

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