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July 14, 1928

Mental Disorders. A Handbook for Students and Practitioners.

JAMA. 1928;91(2):118. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700020052032

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The author begins his preface with an apology for venturing to write another book on mental disorders, excusing himself on the ground that if there is nothing new he may at least achieve the goal of looking at old truths from a different angle. And yet that angle is simply one of attempting to write in almost compendium form something about all mental disorders. The book has many inaccuracies, the subject matter is often treated facetiously by irrelevant footnotes, and the illustrations are inadequate. The chapters on organic brain diseases could well be dispensed with as far as their ability to convey any knowledge of the subject is concerned. As the book is intended for students it must be compared with existing psychiatric textbooks, and it will then be seen that it must soon pass forgotten. This is another example of the failure of the English school to attempt to

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