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The author who wishes to write a useful book on psychiatry is confronted with the problem of how much to include. Encyclopedic textbooks of psychiatry similar to those which are so readily available in internal medicine and surgery seem as yet to have no place in the library of the psychiatric student. Since the subjects covered by the conventional textbooks of mental medicine are more or less the same, the value of such books must rest on their modernness, the fluency of their presentation and the interest engendered thereby, as well as the accuracy of the facts presented. The first edition of Noyes's textbook stood out. It had all the characteristics which are indispensable for satisfactory textbooks, and the selection of matter as well as the style were better than those in most of the other psychiatric works. The present edition has been somewhat improved. Some of the contents have
Modern Clinical Psychiatry. JAMA. 1940;114(8):682. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810080054029