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October 30, 1937

Practical Psychology for Nurses and Other Workers in Mental Hospitals

JAMA. 1937;109(18):1477. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780440067033

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The opinion has been expressed even by British psychiatrists that psychiatry in the United States offers leadership to that on the European continent and to that practiced in Great Britain. Whether this opinion is actually true or not, the present volume leads toward that conclusion. It is a tiny volume within which the author attempts to explain the workings of the freudian psychology, adlerian psychology and general technic in the psychologic handling of patients. He devotes the last fourth of the book to brief discussions of mental disease entities, which are so brief that they neither give a picture of the disorders nor give the nurse a practical idea of what she is up against in handling such patients. What, perhaps, this book should be called is a very elementary psychopathology rather than a psychology. The psychoneuroses and feeblemindedness are given only a few paragraphs. The idea of deep therapy

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