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June 29, 1940

An Outline of Medical Psychology

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By E. Fretson Skinner, M.A., M.D., F.R.C.P., Physician in charge of the Psychological Clinic, Sheffield Royal Hospital, London. Cloth. Price, 6s. Pp. 173. London: H. K. Lewis & Co., Ltd., 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(26):2591. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810260077034

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This British volume attempts in a small space to cover the significant background material in psychology and to present a brief picture of a few of the neuroses. It is divided into three parts, the first dealing with physiology but, unfortunately, including discussions of the development of, the mind, the unconscious mind and instinct and emotion, which this reviewer scarcely can see could be tied up with physiology as the author presents it. The more recent developments in psychobiology and psychosomatic medicine do present a relationship of mind to the central nervous system but that is not the presentation which Skinner develops in his book. The second part treats of psychopathology and this part is a very brief summary of freudian psychoanalysis stressing dreams, the unconscious and sexuality. The third part is devoted to the clinical aspect of the subject, including a discussion of about ten pages on hysteria but

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