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May 14, 1938

The Principles and Practice of Clinical Psychiatry

JAMA. 1938;110(20):1698. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790200066028

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Book after book has been written for the student of psychiatry. Most of them are thoroughly similar, thoroughly accurate and, for the most part, well written. It is somewhat difficult to see, perhaps, exactly what this book can accomplish which previous works on psychiatry have not done. One favorable feature, however, which might be pointed out is the fact that the dynamics of the various mental diseases are more largely dwelt on than the merely descriptive features. For instance, in the discussion of dementia praecox much space is devoted to an attempt to explain why one type might be so apathetic and why the symptoms take the form that they do. For adopting this rather novel point of view the author deserves praise.

The book begins with an excellent introduction, after which each one of the usual psychiatric entities, such as manicdepressive psychosis, dementia praecox and organic and toxic psychoses

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