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March 12, 1927

Outline of Abnormal Psychology.

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By William McDougall, Professor of Psychology in Harvard College. Cloth. Price, $4. Pp. 571. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.

JAMA. 1927;88(11):862. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680370090032

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The author offers a complete survey of modern trends in psychology together with some consideration of the applications of the newer methods to the study of functional nervous and mental disorders. Readers of the Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry will doubtless remember his devastating critique of Freud's "Oedipus Complex." In the present book he provides chapters on the complete freudian concept, and also on the ideas of each of the freudian offshoots. His analysis is succinct and his literary style easily followed. He seems to have found rational ground in this highly involved field. Thus, while he refuses to accept the freudian school in toto, he admits readily the tremendous influence of the freudian conceptions on the trend of modern psychology and physiology. If there is any point especially to be critized in his development of the subject, it is the apparent assignment to Steckel of equal importance with Adler

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