November 17, 1923

The Common Neuroses: Their Treatment by Psychotherapy.

Author Affiliations

B. T. A. Ross, M.D., F.R.C.P.E., Medical Director, Cassel Hospital for Functional Nervous Disorders. Cloth. Price, $4.20 net. Pp. 256. New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1923.

JAMA. 1923;81(20):1716. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650200066037

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In his preface, the author defines his stand on the problems of the neuroses by declaring himself in accord with the conservative views of Dejerine, which he rightly depicts as more sober and less dazzling than those of Freud and his school of psychanalysis. He does, however, give the latter credit for having thrown much light on the mechanism of the production of the neuroses. Ross believes that the great bulk of functional nervous disorders can be treated successfully by the general practitioner, and it is to him and not to the specialist that the book is addressed. He was, himself, in general practice during seventeen years, and states that he can vouch in what good stead his psychologic knowledge stood him with every class of patient. As may be expected from a follower of Dejerine, the "neurasthenic state" receives the greatest amount of attention. Hysteria is second, and there

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