By D. K. Henderson, M.D., F.R.F.P.S., F.R.C.P.E., Physician-Superintendent of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental Disorders, Edinburgh, and R. D. Gillespie, M.D., F.R.C.P., D.P.M., Physician for Psychological Medicine, Guy's Hospital, London. Fifth edition. Cloth. Price, $6. Pp. 660. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 1940.
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Five editions of this textbook indicate the established place which it has made for itself in the field that it concerns. The new edition gives a detailed outline of the insulin and metrazol shock technics. Indeed, the authors point out that these methods in individual instances have accomplished brilliant results, have infused psychiatric treatment with new enthusiasm and have added directly and indirectly to research along clinical, chemical and biochemical lines. Psychiatrists are still concerned with new methods for classification of mental disturbances. New additions have been made to the discussions of heredity and to the play technic for the treatment of nervous children. Also some attention has been added to the considerations of the new trend in the field of psychosomatic medicine. The chapter on epilepsy calls attention to recent investigations with the encephalogram. It is the belief of the authors that the sheet anchor of treatment is bromide,
A Text-Book of Psychiatry for Students and Practitioners. JAMA. 1940;115(10):882. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810360070037