The British Journal of Psychiatry
Disorders of Orientation in Space-Time


This paper suggests a unitary hypothesis to link neuro-psychiatric modes of thought with those of modern high science. The scientist analyses and objectifies in his great works of art those which the artist, knowing the same breadth of perception, memory and intuitive rightness, makes into the brief elegant or poetic phrase of speech, of literature, of music. The scientist and the artist each has his highest abstraction, his formula.

The neurologist should find it his duty to harmonize the ways of the scientist and the artist; for when they (or he) become sick in mind or brain, they must turn to a creative neurological experience for remedy or alleviation.

We may end with a quotation illustrative of the theme of this work, again taken from Einstein's "Relativity":—

"I wished to show that space-time is not necessarily something to which one can ascribe a separate existence independently of the actual objects of physical reality."