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The author's point of view can perhaps be best presented by a quotation from the preface: "the author has been forced to the conclusion that, apart from modern diagnostic advantages, especially those derived from our knowledge of the central nervous system, and some brilliant descriptive work by the French school, the chief advances in our knowledge of the psychoneuroses since the time of Galen have been the direct or indirect result of psychoanalytical discoveries. This does not mean that the study of the psychoneuroses begins and ends with the analysis of patients, and that this book is only another exposition of psychoanalysis. The interest and importance of recent advances in this subject lie in our changing attitude towards it, and our recognition of its clinical significance. These aspects are dealt with in this volume, so that the reader will know what stage the subject has reached and what are now
Recent Advances in the Study of the Psychoneuroses.. Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(3):756. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230150272020