You may have noticed that this journal publishes more of what I would classify as historical articles than most. Why is that?
Well, I suppose in part it's because as the oldest journal of its kind, history is important to us at JNMD. And, without a doubt, my predecessor, Eugene Brody, who embodied the multidisciplinary 20th century psychiatrist, sought out articles that incorporated multiple aspects of topics and subjects' lives.
But I'm also a sucker for an interesting historical subject, believing that as Santayana said, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
So is this issue you will find several articles by Becker, de Leon and Steinberg I hope you find interesting.
John A. Talbott, MD