Modern Psychiatry and Clinical Research: Essays in Honor of Roy R. Grinker, Sr

Modern Psychiatry and Clinical Research: Essays in Honor of Roy R. Grinker, Sr

Modern Psychiatry and Clinical Research: Essays in Honor of Roy R. Grinker, Sr

Modern Psychiatry and Clinical Research: Essays in Honor of Roy R. Grinker, Sr

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Roy R. Grinker, Sr., is a giant of modern psychiatry. To express their admiration and devotion a group of students and friends have attempted to bring into focus Grinker's major contributions. Throughout his professional life Grinker has helped to build clinical neurology and more lately—similar to Freud, who had a profound effect on him— clinical psychiatry and its basic sciences. More than any other he has helped erect a solid edifice of clinical scientific psychiatry through broad and significant contributions. His work ranges from theoretic endeavors to create a unified theory of behavior and of therapy to the explorations of the most important subjects of clinical psychiatry—stress, anxiety, depression—and, last but not least, to incisive contributions to normality. What he started has been taken up by devoted students whom he stimulated and led; many of these are today's leaders of psychiatry.

Roy Grinker's works are considered classics, his career serves as a model for the striving young researcher, and he continues to work and ask the questions that few have the courage or the stamina to ask. Rather than let the central ideas of a great investigator lie dormant, to be utilized as circumstances lead us to them, the editors happily decided to take the initiative and to help integrate his ideas with those of others and, in doing so, to hopefully further advance these ideas. In addition, we must ask for directions for the future. Where are scientific psychiatry and behavioral science going? What can be learned from the accomplishments of a great investigator to aid us in avoiding past errors and help build a firmer foundation for the future?

The aim of this book is to review and assess methodological and substantive research findings of Roy R. Grinker, Sr. This is being done by enlisting leading behavioral scientists who have integrated Dr. Grinker's contributions with present-day findings and theories. They cite Grinker's concepts and conclusions and relate them to the picture not only of psychiatry today but to the problems of the future in the various topical areas. The book thus gives a chance for a retrospective and prospective view—a thoughtful picture of "the state of the science and art."

One purpose of science is to provide society with useful information. Grinker has done this by his elucidation of some of the most important clinical problems. Such contributions have been sadly lacking and such . . .

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