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October 4, 1930

Nouveau traité de psychologie.

JAMA. 1930;95(14):1042. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720140064031

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One cannot judge this ambitious treatise by the first volume. It is necessary to agree with the editor that a knowledge of zoology, anthropology, ethnology, linguistics and neurology is a desirable preliminary to the study of psychology. But such knowledge is not apt to be acquired from the chapters in this volume. Chapter 1 on the place of man in the animal series and Chapter 2 on anthropology are condensed to the point of incomprehensibility. It would have been much better simply to refer the readers to the works of Boule, Elliott, Smith, Deniker and Meillet, from which they are largely copied. Chapter 3 is more adequate and Chapter 4 is a masterly essay by an acknowledged authority in neurophysiology. Chapter 5 is again totally inadequate, the attempt to discuss the structure and special physiology of the nervous system in the space of seventy pages being doomed to failure. The

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