September 11, 1948

The Psychology of Behavior Disorders: A Biosocial Interpretation

JAMA. 1948;138(2):165. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900020061041

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In his preface to this volume the author points out that "when we turn to psychiatry, we do not enter a new and a different world. The psychiatrist is still the physician, an organism working with the patient, another organism. They share and operate within a common social environment; they communicate by means of socially determined signs and sounds. These are the materials of medical practice as well as of psychology and psychopathology." From the beginning to the end of his book, Dr. Cameron practices what he teaches. His way of writing gives the impression of working with and sharing his ideas with the reader. He has attempted to avoid technical terminology as much as possible and explains it in everyday language whenever he introduces it. Each of the chapters are documented with case material and there are footnoted references to modern works on psychiatry and psychology. This is a

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