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This volume is a book on psychiatry intended essentially for the latiy, the nontechnical reader and the practitioner who needs a simple review and re-orientation on modern thinking in this specialty. It is written by two people of authority, in simple concise language which does not attempt the dramatic but which brings home the lesson well.
These authors review the breadth of the field of psychiatry from simple definitions through the gamut of adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, problems in peace and war and applications to the understanding of ordinary social and criminal behavior. It is amazing how much is encompassed in this short treatise; yet all of it done simply. The reader has a sense of having learned something without being "whipped-up" as is so often the case in books intended for lay consumption.
This is the kind of book that may well be recommended for its fundamental truths, its
Handbook of Psychiatry. JAMA. 1948;138(15):1128. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900150058026