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October 10, 1936

Theory and Practice of Psychiatry: A Psychiatric Textbook for Neuropsychiatric Specialists and General Practitioners of Medicine; A Reference Handbook for Psychologists, Sociologists, Pastors, and Other Professional Readers

JAMA. 1936;107(15):1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770410068032

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This large tome covers much more material than does the usual textbook in psychiatry. Most textbooks have been confined to a study of the psychoses with an occasional chapter concerning the neuroses and possibly another on mental hygiene, but the present volume is different. It consists of five parts. There is a historical introduction before the first part, which is somewhat fragmentary, mentioning in a few paragraphs ancient, medieval and modern psychiatry with reference to freudian and adlerian psychology and schools of purely psychologic thought, such as the gestalt school. The present work is the first that incorporates a significant discussion of Adolf Meyer's psychobiology. One questions whether Dr. Meyer would be entirely convinced of the accuracy of this discussion. The author's discussion of this theory as involved in psychiatry goes into a great many different points of view. It discusses mental mechanisms, the unconscious and the subconscious, the significance

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