Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The Second International Congress for Psychiatry, held in Zurich September 1 to 7, 1957 devoted itself to one large topic: “The Present Status of Our Knowledge About the Group of Schizophrenias.” A report of the various plenary sessions, film sessions, section meetings, and symposia is presented, under the following headings: epidemiology (incidence, cultural and familial background, etc.), definition and etiology, phenomenology and nosology, course and prognosis, and treatment. The congress accorded an opportunity for workers in various field to meet and discuss problems of common interest, to compare findings, and to appraise their differences. Such a meeting was considered to be particularly important in the field of psychiatry, where variance of viewpoint from one country to another is the rule rather than the exception. Despite the occasional handicap of language barriers, the congress was generally regarded as highly successful; and participants in the meetings found themselves richly rewarded by the panorama of progress in the field which the conference presented for their consideration.
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