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October 17, 1931

Contemporary Schools of Psychology.

JAMA. 1931;97(16):1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730160055035

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The author is eminently fitted for this survey of contemporary psychology. During his years of teaching he has made fundamental contributions to psychologic literature. He has no ax to grind for any theory; neither is he an enthusiast or a hostile critic. The book presents an impartial picture of the essential features of the trends in present-day psychology. After an historical introduction there follow chapters on traditional introspective psychology, behaviorism, gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, the purposive psychology of McDougall, and a final chapter on the middle of the road, which the author takes. It is not an elaborate, critical work which would appeal only to the professional psychologist. It should have an appeal for the general reader and especially for the physician who wants to know something about present-day psychology. It would be difficult to imagine a briefer, clearer or more interesting summary in its field. There is probably not a

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