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September 1927

Delusion and Belief.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;18(3):494. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02210030174022

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In this little book Dr. Campbell says just what he wants to say and just what he ought to say, and he says it attractively. The book is intended for a wide audience, but is full of interest for the physician and the medical student. "The medical profession now boasts proudly of the quantitative addition it has made to human life; the time may come when it will point with equal pride to measures which have added to the quality of human life." In a discussion of the much neglected topic of what the patient is trying to do by means of a delusion, Dr. Campbell discusses how different groups of people behave under the stress of bereavement, unsatisfied love, and longing for children and for power. His illustrations range from Tennyson, Queen Victoria and Joseph Smith to such men of science as Wallace and Darwin. The ways in which