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May 29, 1967

Eclectic Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

Newtown, Conn

JAMA. 1967;200(9):802. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120220104042

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This text on the basic principles of psychiatry compensates in breadth for whatever it may lack in depth. In its more than 800 pages the ABC's, and more, are well covered. Although emphasis rests on descriptive analyses, interpretative formulations are not lacking. Brief synopses afford quick summaries of the pertinent material.

Part 1, dealing with "Psychiatry in Comprehensive Medicine," offers many worthy hints to the general practitioner and specialist in other fields. The emotional impact of physical illnesses and the interaction of physician and patient are well presented. In the clinical sections, appropriate, brief case histories amplify the straightforward discussion of the functional psychoses. One comment here: in my experience, the paranoid state is not usually of "relatively short duration," as the authors affirm. Quite good is the review of neuroses, adjustment reactions, personality disorders and sociopathic states, whose prevalence is increasing steadily in our current society. Comments on social