Medicine: Rorschach in Reverse

The layman who know?s nothing about art but suspects that abstract painters are off their rockers won support last week from a Paris physician who has treated about 70 abstractionists in the last ten years. Not only are they sick, said Dr. Elie Bontzolakis in the weekly Arts, but "the more abstract, the sicker they are."

No psychiatrist but a general practitioner, Crete-born Dr. Bontzolakis. 51, divides abstractionists into two classes. By far the larger: the poseurs, attracted by snob appeal, laziness, money or mere lack of talent. These, he finds, are rarely neurotic. But about one-third of his patients are passionately...

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