December 24, 1932

An Elementary Psychology of the Abnormal.

JAMA. 1932;99(26):2209-2210. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740780061036

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This is intended to be a textbook for college students and to present the facts of abnormal psychology to general readers. It would probably be of little use to physicians in general, for it is greatly simplified, does not treat the subject from a new point of view, and has little clinical significance. The plan of the book is simple. It treats of the neuroses, the war neuroses, the systems of Freud, Jung and Adler, speech disturbances, feeblemindedness and the major mental disorders. As do other textbooks in abnormal psychology, it differs from those in psychiatry in that it discusses at length, in addition to the usual theoretical discussion of the psychoses, such phenomena as hypnotism, genius and sleep. Each topic is treated succinctly, and for the most part the entire discussion is the summary of leading textbooks on the subject. The chapter on hypnosis follows Bernheim and Bramwell. The

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