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January 18, 1930

Mechanism of Psychic Life. Introduction to the Study of Physiologic Psychology.

JAMA. 1930;94(3):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710290064033

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Professor Kabanow attempts to explain, in popular form, various psychic phenomena on the basis of anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system. These two fundamental branches of science, including the autonomic nervous system, are covered in forty-four pages and twenty-eight illustrations. The rest of the book (about 114 pages) is given to the discussions of such abstract subjects as perceptions, judgment, emotions, will and character. Like many other compositions, this book has been published by the soviet union government for the general public and it must not therefore be expected to be original. The task of attempting simple and clear explanations of psychic phenomena is admittedly difficult, especially when one is ambitious enough to correlate them with anatomy and physiology. The author accomplishes his purpose with exceptional ability, though it is questionable whether a reader not well acquainted with the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system will

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