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August 30, 1913

Organic and Functional Nervous Diseases.

JAMA. 1913;61(9):707. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350090075033

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In Starr's standard text-book on nervous diseases the general practitioner almost always finds the desired information stated in a lew terse paragraphs, while in some other works he may have to wade through irrelevant material before reaching a rather indefinite statement. The great secret of Stall's success is his direct and dogmatic style; in leading a page in his book one almost imagines that the author is lecturing to the reader. While no radical changes can be discovered in this the fourth edition of the work, yet here and there Improvements are noted. Especially commendable is the author's attitude toward the discussion of the theories of the neuroses and psychonouroses. For instance, though no disciple of Freud's views, he docs not disdain to at least state them and make personal comment. Among many other valuable articles under the functional diseases, the one on psychasthenia is a masterpiece of condensation. The

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