July 11, 1942

Schizophrenia: The Cinderella of Psychiatry

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By Reg. S. Ellery, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., Consulting Alienist to Women's Hospital, Melbourne. Cloth. Price, 12s. 6d. Pp. 170. Sydney: Australasian Medical Publishing Company, Limited, 1941.

JAMA. 1942;119(11):916. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830280062035

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This monograph is called by the author "an adventure into that realm that sprawling mental province called schizophrenia." It is a cleverly written contribution and is simple to digest. The author has borrowed idioms and sayings from many literary geniuses to emphasize the point under discussion. He speaks of Nebuchadnezzar's Bitter Grass, Through the Looking Glass, the scourge of schizophrenia, in the beginning, flowers of Evil. In the eyes of the reviewer this is a unique way of expressing oneself regarding schizophrenia. For that reason the book should be a "must" purchase for every neuropsychiatrist. Psychotherapy, prognosis and prophylaxis are adequately discussed. Although there are no bibliography and no new facts, this contribution will serve as a brief summary of the data regarding schizophrenia and for that reason is recommended.

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