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September 19, 1942

Physiological Psychology

JAMA. 1942;120(3):246. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830380078043

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Many physicians and psychiatrists are not aware of the fact that the training of modern psychologists involves a thorough knowledge of the form and function of the central nervous system. Several books have been published on this subject, which, though brief, nevertheless serve as accurate, complete and competent introductions into neural anatomy and physiology. Although the title of the present book is "Physiological Psychology," about an eighth of it consists of simple and accurate descriptions of nerves and of the anatomic features of the nervous system, including the microscopic and gross findings. In addition to the elementary neural anatomy and physiology there are excellent chapters adequately discussing the basic physiologic background of the emotions, speech, intelligence, consciousness, sleep and motivation. For a simple, competent and useful survey of the mechanics of behavior, this book should serve its purpose. It has a short but not unsatisfactory selected bibliography and a competent

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