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May 1922

FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHIATRY.

Arch NeurPsych. 1922;7(5):679-680. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1922.02190110130013

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Abstract

Within the space of this small volume Dr. White has essayed "to formulate a Philosophy of Psychiatry." He discusses the evolution of the psyche, the integration, dynamics and stratification of the organism; psychopathology, the nature of the neuroses and psychoses and the application of the principles formulated to therapy and social organization. Necessarily these are presented in greatly condensed form, and the language is highly technical and often without definition. It is therefore necessary for the reader to possess a fairly intimate acquaintance with the subject.

The earlier chapters are devoted to the concept of psychiatry as the study of "What is the man doing?" With admirable illustrative examples and many well selected quotations from contemporary literature it is shown that man is an integration and not merely the sum of the various organs of which he is built. What he does is a problem of relations between the needs

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