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June 3, 1944

The Nature and Treatment of Mental Disorders

JAMA. 1944;125(5):389. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850230069029

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This shows not only inclusive knowledge of the literature of psychiatry but, what is more important, an extensive and varied clinical experience. The author is not committed to any single school of thought, but rather in his consistent endeavor "to help human beings in mental difficulty" (p. vii) he adapts and utilizes any and all available technics. His explanation of etiology and therapy is largely given through the analysis of case histories. For example, his discussion of dream analysis and free association is given in 2 detailed case histories (chapters v and vi), and thirteen pages of case history follow five pages of explanation of bibliotherapy (chapter XIII). He is interested always in finding help for the patient, never in fitting the patient to a therapeutic theory. It is interesting to note that Dr. Moore's eclectic approach to psychiatric problems is so thoroughgoing that he is even willing to profit

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