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December 1956

Les Thérapeutiques psychiatriques.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(6):681-682. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330300113016

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Abstract

This is one of a popular series of small pamphlets which purport to give brief statements of the present state of our knowledge concerning various matters of interest to the general public. Baruk has written two others of this series, one on "Psychoses and Neuroses" and another on "Social Psychiatry."

The present volume proposes to give a brief account of the methods used for the treatment of mental disorders, in a first part, and of the art of applying these treatments, in a second part. The second part is, however, only five pages long and consists essentially of the statement that the essential of the cure is the art of the physician. Baruk deplores the tendency at the present time to be satisfied with an incomplete and general diagnosis and a rule-of-thumb treatment. He remarks on the fact that young psychiatrists lack the knowledge and experience of the great clinicians

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