University Professor John M. Dorsey

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Wayne State University Press, 1980 - 282 pages

With the publication in 1965 of his volume Illness or Allness: Conversations of a Psychiatrist, John Dorsey (1900-1978) became known for the persistence and erudition with which he presented his philosophy, according to which health is to experience and enjoy all of oneself. It was John Dorsey's message not only in his prolific writings but also in his life and in his teaching.

This volume, University Professor John M. Dorsey, explores Dorsey's conscious self-development during the eighteen years he served in the unique post of University Professor at Wayne State University.

"The designating of a distinguished professor as University Professor, or in better style Professor of the University, is not a new idea but it is still uncommon. What is usually intended is the creating of a professorship attached to the university as a whole and to no one department or other unit. It requires of its holder unusual capacity to range over many disciplines and fields of interest.... He, or she, needs to be an exceptional person, of broader intellectual gauge than most other persons, of greater philosophical insight, of unique capacity to command many disciplines, of more than ordinary depth of scholarship. In all this, for such a professor, the major resource must be the Self. ...


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About the author (1980)

John M. Dorsey was born in Clinton, Iowa, November 19, 1900, and prepared for his medical career at the University of Iowa, receiving the M.D. degree in 1925. From 1935 to 1938 he was a member of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. In 1946 he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Wayne University.

Dr. Dorsey was appointed as Wayne's first University Professor in 1961. He was granted emeritus status in 1971 and remained active in his post until his death on August 6, 1978.

Dr. Dorsey wrote extensively in the
fields of psychoanalysis, psychiatry,
neurology, and education. With Dr.
Walter Seegers he was co-author of Living
Consciously: The Science of Self, first
published in 1959 by the Wayne State
University Press, and frequently reprinted.
As holder of the Leo M.
Franklin Chair in Human Relations, he
edited a collection of lectures, The
Growth of Self-Insight, published in 1962.
Illness or Allness: Conversations of a
Psychiatrist (1965) is the fullest expression
of his philosophy of conscious
solipsism as applied to his medical
practice. Subsequent works include Psychology
of Emotion (1971), Psychology of
Language (1971), Psychology of Political
Science (1973),Psychology of Ethics (1974),
An American Psychiatrist in Vienna, 1935-
1937, and His Sigmund Freud (1976), and
The Psychic Nature of Physiology (1977).
Early in 1978 Dr. Dorsey completed and
submitted to the Wayne State University
Press the manuscript of the present
book on his years as University Professor.

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