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March 11, 1933

Nouveau traité de psychologie.

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Par Georges Dumas, professeur à la Sorbonne. Tome II: Les fondements de la vie mentale. Avec la collaboration de B. Bourdon, professeur honoraire à la Faculté des lettres de Rennes, J. Larguier des Bancels, professeur à la Faculté des letters de Lausanne, A. Mayer, professeur au Collège de France, I. Meyerson, directeur-adjoint à l'École des Hautes-Études, et H. Piéron, professeur au Collège de France. Cloth. Price, 100 francs. Pp. 612, with 122 illustrations. Paris: Librairie Félix Alcan, 1932.

JAMA. 1933;100(10):768. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740100062037

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The second volume of this well known French handbook is concerned largely with physiologic problems on the borderline of psychology. It begins with a general discussion of excitation and movement. These fundamental properties of cytoplasm are traced through their increasing complexities, culminating in the conditioned reflexes of the Pavlov school, which are discussed at length. The chapter ends with a section on muscular fatigue. The second chapter deals with the effect of psychic excitation on the secretory organs, in which the work of Pavlov is again dealt with, as are also the studies on secretion of epinephrine by Cannon and his pupils. There follows a detailed study of the physiology of sensation and then a long section on affective states (the disagreeable and the agreeable, pain and pleasure, emotional shock, desires). In the discussion of emotional shock, the work of Cannon and his associates is extensively quoted. In the chapter

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