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November 8, 1941

Introduction to Psychobiology and Psychiatry: A Textbook for Nurses

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By Esther Loring Richards, M.D., Sc.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 357. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1941.

JAMA. 1941;117(19):1658. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820450082035

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Although the author does not claim that this book is written as a textbook on psychiatric nursing, she intends that it should be read by nurses. It is divided into two parts. The first part presents reasons why the personality should be studied and discusses such study by means of the writing of an autobiography, and the author objectifies various aspects which are found in studying the personality. In several chapters on personality evaluation, psychology in a nonpsychiatric sense is touched on, but unfortunately the brand of psychology which is discussed is partially of the author's own making and one finds only superficial resemblances to the accepted psychologies now in use by many clinicians and by most academic psychologists. Too many functions of the brain which are comprehended in a deeper sense today are treated by the author in the manner in which old time "faculty" psychologists used to treat

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