March 15, 1952

The Nature and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Author Affiliations

By Dom Thomas Verner Moore, O.S.B., Ph.D., M.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C. Foreword by Edward A. Strecker, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Graduate and Undergraduate Schools of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Second edition. Cloth, $5.50. Pp. 362. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;148(11):973. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930110095036

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This book discusses the need for a sound psychology and psychopathology of mental disorders that parallels present information in physiology and pathology; thus making a true insight into somatic disorders possible. Much of the investigative work discussed is based on studies that were aided by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to the Catholic University of America for investigations in the field of psychiatry. The author discusses the fundamental concepts of psychopathology as expressed by Freud, Adler, Jung, and Alexander, and attempts to classify each scientist in accordance with what he feels to be that scientist's ideas of value and the areas in which he believes such concepts are lacking. In discussing specific psychiatric entities, the author places more value on the Kraepelinian diagnostic classification than is generally credited to it by most of the advanced schools of psychiatry.

In the appendix, there is a classification and definition of clinical

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