By Arthur P. Noyes, M.D., Superintendent of State Hospital for Mental Diseases, Howard, Rhode Island. Cloth. Price, $4.50. Pp. 485. Philadelphia & London: W. B. Saunders Company, 1934.
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Textbooks on psychiatry will always be susceptible to much criticism, because of the inconstant nature of the subject. The present work brings into the field a textbook that is well written, simple and substantial. It has the usual introductory chapters describing mental mechanisms and motivations, and these are less conservative than those expressed in previous books but more conservative than are the opinions of psychiatrists in general. The tenor of the work is along conventional state hospital lines rather than those of dynamic psychiatry found among teachers, mental hygienists and private practitioners. The classification of mental disorders adopted by the American Psychiatric Association is the determinant of the chapter arrangement. Each psychosis is dealt with systematically; only essential information is given, and there are the usual illustrative case histories. Some of the features that make this book different from former textbooks are a fair bibliography at the end of each
Modern Clinical Psychiatry. JAMA. 1934;102(10):794. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750100060029