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The first edition of this monograph appeared in 1912 and was based on a course of lectures to medical officials and physicians of workmen's beneficiary societies (Kassenärzte), the author stating that "for the majority of practitioners the detection of simulation has become very important." So far, in this country, the detection of simulation has not been a very important function of the general practitioner but with the generalization of workmen's compensation laws, it remains to be seen whether or not simulation will become an everyday affair.
Naturally the author's task falls into three parts: means of detecting simulation of (1) organic disease, (2) functional disease and (3) psychoses.
This task Professor Erben has performed very well. In the preface and first chapter he intimates that he will clearly show how to distinguish simulation from functional nervous disorder, and this he does about as well as any one can—which is to
DIAGNOSE DER SIMULATION NERVOESER SYMPTOME AUF GRUND EINER DIFFERENTIALDIAGNOSTISCHEN BEARBEITUNG DER EINZELNEN PHAENOMENE.. Arch NeurPsych. 1921;5(4):488-489. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1921.02180280129013