Medicine: Reaching Beyond Rorschach

In the 41 years since Swiss Psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach published a set of inkblots to be used for probing the personality, his name has become a household cliché for psychological testing. But when Rorschach died in 1922, at the age of 37, he had barely begun to extend the application of his test from mental patients to normal subjects, and he was still working with only ten cards. Those same ten cards are in use today.

Though some critics dismiss the Rorschach as an exercise in "clinical liturgy." most psychiatrists and psychologists still...

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