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That it was possible to bring together such a large group of highly competent individuals to transact effectively with one another is a high tribute to Grinker9s organizational and leadership qualities. Grinker has stated that three unifying principles evolved from the conferences. These were (1) a principle of stability designated as homeostasis, (2) a principle of reciprocating relationships designated as transactional, and (3)3 principle of the universality in all systems of processes of communication and information.

Von Bertalanffy9s genius has continued to enrich, enlarge, and further delineate this rapidly growing new field. In the breadth and variety of his interests and in the freshness of his views, Dr. von Bertalanffy is truly a modern Renaissance man. D. at the University of Vienna, his teaching, research, and productivity have carried him to institutions in many countries and have made him a world-renowned figure. Because of the importance of Dr. von Bertalanffy9s paper to psychiatry, and because of the importance of their own contributions to general systems theory and psychiatry, the discussions of von Bertalanffy9s paper by Silvano E.

D. D. Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco; Director, Section of Social Psychiatry, The Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, San Francisco Albert E. D. Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Acting Research Director, Bronx State Hospital, Bronx John P. D. D. D. Faculty Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo Raymond W. D. Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School; Director, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Preface DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS a rapidly increasing interest in general systems theory has grown among psychiatrists, creating an urgent need for basic reference books on this subject.

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