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August 1936

Outlines of General Psychopathology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;36(2):445-448. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260080217020

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Abstract

Any attempt to reconcile the welter of conflicting points of view in the field of mental disorders and at the same time to maintain an attitude of objectivity conforming to the general precepts of science is welcome. This book is such an attempt. Its broad biologic approach and its adherence to scientific methodology and logic suggest that psychopathology has no need for radical departure from a systematic treatment of its data. Giving fair consideration to all contributions to the field, carefully distinguishing between objectively observable facts and theory and frankly admitting ignorance when no knowledge exists, the book is well worth while.

In analogy with general pathology, Malamud seeks to distinguish psychopathology from psychiatry psycho- the basis of differences in aim. Psychopathology is defined as a "science that deals with the recognition, description, classification and understanding of phenomena of abnormal mental activity." This does not mean merely that it seeks

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