The temptation to mark out new lines in the field of psychiatry is one that assails all who write on this many-sided subject, and every writer yields to it, the difference being mainly in the completeness of the surrender.
One must classify indeed to write at all, and classification is an alluring and agreeable exercise. Yet I shall indulge in it only to a very limited extent, even though there are few barriers as yet erected in the neuronic territory to keep us from wandering at will. Classifications have, furthermore, contributed much to neurologic and psychologic gaiety, which, in itself, is perhaps a good thing. With all possible respect, one may liken the classifications to a flock of geese, each one of which, however, is to its particular proprietor, a beautiful swan.
Beside the enjoyment to be gotten out of classifications, there is a more substantial good. Doubtless each
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