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September 28, 1946

Thérapeutique neurologique et psychiatrique

JAMA. 1946;132(4):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870390064030

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The appearance of this book, apparently within eight months of the liberation of France, is a dramatic illustration of how anxiously the devotees of medical science tried to keep abreast of matters pertaining to their science. Although specific references are not made, some of the conclusions indicate that the authors have been in touch with recent work in the United States, particularly in the use of shock treatment in mental disorders. From the standpoint of treatment, this book is primarily "organic." Methods of treatment which are primarily psychologic in nature are given little space. It consists of thirty chapters dealing with specific topics such as treatment of epilepsy, treatment of Parkinson's disease and other extrapyramidal conditions, treatment of peripheral syndromes of the face and the treatment of "mania" and "melancholia." There is a second part dealing with the technics of injections and surgical procedures, and the third part treats of

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