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November 1924

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY ON MENTAL DISORDERS.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;12(5):599-600. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02200050114012

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Abstract

This is a sound book to put into the hands of medical students. The hundred odd pages dealing directly with the different mental diseases and forming the second part of the book are merely brief lecture notes. The larger first part has in it more of interest. The discussion of methods of study is well balanced but seems rather short. Longer and interesting chapters discuss psychology and medical practice, observation of mental cases, and treatment.

The psychiatric social worker is given considerable attention. "A social worker with but a special training." Incidentally, the author abuses the word "but." He makes up for this by a discussion of how the social worker can get help from the psychiatrist in many cases where there is no frank mental disease. His common sense again appears when he says, that "the psychiatrist is not a performer of miracles" and that the social worker is

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