March 21, 1903

The Mind of Man. A Text-Book of Psychology.

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By Gustav Spiller. Cloth. Pp. 552. Price, $2.75 net. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., Ltd. New York: The Macmillan Co. 1902.

JAMA. 1903;XL(12):793. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490120045017

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The study of psychology is a profitable side-issue for the physician to take up for many reasons. The present volume is a contribution that most medical readers will find intelligible and interesting. Its treatment of the subject is that of the sensational school and there are probably many of us who will disagree with the author in some of his views and conclusions. The rejection of the noumenal ego will be to some of us a little hard to accept and his argument for it from the facts of insanity appear fallacious, but it seems to be the outcome of the line of reasoning of a large number of psychologic thinkers. Some subjects are very rapidly touched on and the treatment seems to us unsatisfactory, for instance, his few remarks on the subject of character. The characteristic of the author is self-confidence, which is very noticeable throughout in his assertiveness

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