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This is really two books in one. Part I with 262 pages is a lucid account of the more common problems of psychiatry, with emphasis on the etiological role of disturbed growth and development. The frame of reference is largely Freudian, although the authors have not hesitated to add from their experience. Defense mechanisms are considered from the standpoints of both development and symptom formation. Problems of children are discussed and there is an interesting (although brief) aside on the recent advances in neurophysiological and neurochemical concepts of behavior. The common psychiatric disorders are reviewed, following the standard APA classification with emendations for treatment from the authors' experience. Techniques of examination are not elaborated upon.
Although Part I is eminently practical and well recommended for both medical students and the practitioner—it is in the section on social psychiatry (Part II, pp 265-368) that the book really distinguishes itself. This section
Loftus TA. Textbook of Psychiatry. JAMA. 1964;187(2):156. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060150080035