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The concept of the entire Handbook is eclectic in the best sense of the term. Psychiatry is so broad and has so many sources and aspects that at the present time, says the author, any synthesis would be a reductionist pseudosynthesis. In the Handbook the content is highly diverse, and not designed to be unified; many chapters complement each other by presenting different approaches, points of view, and emphases. A great virtue of these volumes is that they acquaint the reader with all sorts of areas and facets of psychiatry. In this third volume, for example, are papers on such varied topics as "The Psychiatry of the First Three Years of Life," "Basimetric Approach to Psychiatry," and "Educational Psychiatry." Since the 49 papers in this third volume are mostly by different contributors, the series so far represents the work of nearly 150 authorities.
The first volume includes diverse papers on
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