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May 1956

The Neuroses in Clinical Practice

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;75(5):574. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330230124020

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There has long been need for adequate psychiatric texts in the English language, but the task of writing one has been too formidable. Dr. Laughlin has, however, had the temerity to attempt the job, limiting it to a discussion of the neuroses. The result is excellent. The author has covered with amazing detail and completeness the concepts of anxiety, conflict, defenses, and the major clinical entities. His style is lucid and discursive. Two hundred sixteen cases illustrate the clinical material, and the viewpoint is modern psychodynamic. The book is in excellent form. There are a detailed table of contents and index, a sound bibliography, and an excellent glossary. In summary, the book is excellent and highly recommended for use by students and clinicians.