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June 29, 1940

A Handbook of Elementary Psychobiology and Psychiatry

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By Edward G. Billings, B.S., M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 271, with 10 illustrations. New York: Macmillan Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(26):2590-2591. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810260076032

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The author is director of the psychiatric liaison department of the Colorado General Hospital. The present book, which is intended to serve as an "orientation manual of psychobiology and psychiatry," is a compendium for students and physicians. It contains the material the author has found the most effective in meeting the needs of students in the study and management of the "disorders of personality functioning as they occur in clinical medicine and psychiatry."

Part I is a brief introduction to psychobiology as developed by Dr. Adolph Meyer, utilizing and defining the terminology coined by Dr. Meyer. Psychobiology is discussed as "the physiology of the total man," as dealing with "the meanings of things in the life of a person." This discussion of personality development and functioning stresses the person as a unit, as an organ for the further integration of functions at the various levels of integration (physicochemical, anatomic, and

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