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July 1947

Textbook of Abnormal Psychology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;58(1):122-123. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300300132016

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The plan for presentation of the field of abnormal psychology in this volume differs from that in less recent textbooks in extending the range of content and in covering similar content from a multiple approach. Thus, one section is devoted to terms and concepts to be utilized in description and classification; another section is concerned with various diagnostic categories; still another, with various aspects of psychopathology without direct reference to their diagnostic category; several chapters elaborate general basic explanatory concepts, and, finally, contributions from the various sciences, from education and from the law are evaluated. The addition of chapters on medical psychology, the law and mental abnormality, and the role of the brain in psychopathology is particularly welcome. These chapters summarize new material that is pertinent to the area of abnormal psychology.

Each chapter is systematically organized to cover the factual data; the history, and the physiologic, the analytic, the