Behavior: The Writer's Insight

"Imaginative writers," Sigmund Freud once wrote, "are valuable colleagues; in the knowledge of the human heart, they are far ahead of us common folk." That view is accepted at Brown University in Providence, R.I. For the past three years, the university has been offering a unique course in psychiatry that uses the insights of gifted playwrights to teach premedical students about emotional disturbances they may some day encounter in their patients.

In alternate weeks, the course replaces conventional classes with professional performances of excerpts from such plays as O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into...

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