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Educational systems 120

Embryology 112

Psychological ethics 106

Economics 92

Business administration (first

year) 86

Physiological chemistry 77

Advertising and selling 65

Bacteriology 65

Business administration (second

year) 50

Business ethics 23

Epistemology 3

Subjects of medical bearing rank somewhat conspicuously
in this classification. A graduate course in neuropsychiatry
might make out its curriculum from the ten subjects heading
the above list. The topics that psychologists regard as most
important are pretty much those that medicine would under-
take to provide. Some of them, indeed, depend on medical
resources and cannot be had without medical cooperation.

The main conclusions that seem to emerge are that psycho-
metrics is the task of technical experts who often are not and
seldom need to be psychologists in the broad sense that ought
to attach to the term. It is doubtful if the problems of
clinical or pathological psychology are such as to support an
important professional group independently of medical foun-
dation. Medical discipline gives the best background, and an
all but requisite type of background, for inquiries involving
the major affective life of individuals. There is no funda-


mental conflict between psychology and medicine; it arises
among physicians, on the one hand, and psychologists who
are masters of certain medical techniques and occupied with
certain medical problems that medicine has not assimilated.
Medicine should assume greater responsibility for them, when
the conflict will disappear. Meanwhile the administrative duty
of psychology is to develop progressively higher standards in
training and accomplishment and, within those limits where
reasonably accurate judgment is possible, means of attesting
those who meet these standards. That this can and should be
done on the psychometric level seems clear. On the level of
the independent consultant, one must distinguish carefully
between measures that further the services of psychology to
society and those that seem primarily for the interest of a
professional group. The latter policy would certainly be
without value, and might be disastrous, to the standing of the
profession as a whole.


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