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May 1944

The Nature and Treatment of Mental Disorders.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;51(5):499. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290290086017

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Dr. Moore, who is a Catholic priest, as well as a psychiatrist, and is professor of psychology and psychiatry at the Catholic University of America, has written a provocative book. In his preface he states:

"The present work is an attempt to make a contribution to our understanding of mental disorders and to illustrate a wide variety of techniques in dealing with the many and varied problems with which the psychiatrist is confronted.... We have therefore attempted to outline, criticize and supplement classic theories of psychopathology and to make use of these theories in order to throw light on the nature of mental disorders."

The book is divided into four sections, entitled "Psychopathology," "Therapy by Psychological Analysis," "Miscellaneous Techniques" and "Organic Emotional Disorders."

A considerable portion of the chapters on "psychopathology" deals with the writings of Freud. The works of Jung, Adler and Franz Alexander are described in less detail.