November 6, 1948

An Introduction to Physical Methods of Treatment in Psychiatry

JAMA. 1948;138(10):785-786. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900100065033

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This is a welcome second edition. The book contains an addition in that it has a chapter on the treatment of epilepsy. There are eleven chapters consisting of two chapters on treatment with insulin in schizophrenia and modified insulin therapy in various syndromes. There is a chapter on convulsive therapy. These three chapters are detailed adequately with all indications and contraindications. Through all this, one notices a welcome conservative attitude. The chapter on epilepsy, is fairly well detailed. Other chapters consist of chemical sedation and stimulation; the technic of continued sleep treatment; use of drugs in psychotherapy; diet; vitamins and endocrines. The chapter on prefrontal leukotomy is in adequate detail, and again there is the welcome conservative attitude which is lacking in many publications.

The treatment of general paralysis includes malaria and penicillin therapy. However, nothing is said of the use of typhoid vaccine and other physical agents. The last

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