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April 24, 1937

Historical Notes on Psychiatry (Early Times—End of 16th Century)

JAMA. 1937;108(17):1462. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780170080038

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This volume endeavors to trace the process of evolution through which psychiatry passed from early times to the end of the sixteenth century. It includes first the ancient writers, then quotations from the Bible, the Talmud and the Koran, next cases from the classics, the philosophers and the classical medical writers, and finally translations and extracts from great numbers of writers of the earlier periods. As a source book in the early history of psychiatry it represents a fine reference. For the psychiatrist particularly it will offer an interesting exercise in modern diagnosis on the basis of ancient descriptions.

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