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Tara H. Abraham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035095

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035095.001.0001

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The Neuropsychiatrist

The Neuropsychiatrist

(p.101) 5 The Neuropsychiatrist
Rebel Genius

Tara H. Abraham

The MIT Press

In this chapter, McCulloch’s identity as a neuropsychiatrist is situated in the context of an eclectic American psychiatry following the Second World War. It argues that McCulloch’s identity as a neuropsychiatrist captures not only his very diverse interests but also his continued preoccupation with theoretical foundations. McCulloch was drawn to biological psychiatry during this period, and, collaborating with Ladislas J. Meduna, studied treatments for conditions such as schizophrenia that were based on carbohydrate metabolism and insulin shock therapy. His work stood at the interface between psychiatric research and clinical problems, and between psychiatry and neurophysiology. In light of his increased seniority as a scientist and his introduction to members of the nascent cybernetics group, he began to focus more of his attention on theoretical modelling.

Keywords:   Neuropsychiatry, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, World War II; World War 2; Second World War; WW2, biological psychiatry, Ladislas J. Meduna, Insulin shock therapy

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