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June 8, 1935

The Nervous Patient: A Frontier of Internal Medicine

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By Charles Phillips Emerson, M.D., Research Professor of Medicine, Indiana University, Indianapolis. Cloth. Price, $4. Pp. 453. Philadelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1935.

JAMA. 1935;104(23):2119-2120. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230067027

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On page 279 the author says "This... is not a text-book on psychiatry but one on internal medicine. In the former specialty we are quite untrained." In spite of this deficiency, which makes itself known in many places in the book, the present volume supplies a need that has been noted as significant for years. It provides the general practitioner with a volume giving the facts in systematic form of those conditions affecting patients coming to him which lie particularly in the sphere of neurology and psychiatry. There are thirty chapters, of which the first eighteen can be considered to stress organic phenomena while the last part of the book treats of the so-called functional disorders, including disorders of sleep and disorders of the personality. Those chapters concerning actual physical disease contain a great amount of systematic material, little of which deals with the form and function of the nervous

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