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November 18, 1961

Principles of Dynamic Psychiatry

JAMA. 1961;178(7):780. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040460088026

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This book is rather small, containing only 190 pages of text. However, there are a number of appendices—one on ethology and biodynamics, one on illustrative motion picture films, a condensed illustrative psychoanalysis of a neurotic personality, and a section on psychoanalytic formulations of the psychoses —followed by an extensive, up-to-date bibliography of over a hundred items; a rather complete glossary of psychiatric terms; and an extremely adequate nameand-subject index. In brief, from the standpoint of organization, Masserman has put together a masterly product, easy for reference and extensive enough to be considered a textbook for students and specialists who require quick reference to the main principles of dynamic psychiatry.

The critical reader will be amazed at the wealth of information presented in succinct form with adequate references to literature for those who wish to delve into any subject more intensively or extensively. In this sense the book is actually a

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