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August 1947

Principles of Dynamic Psychiatry.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;80(2):289-290. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220140145019

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There is a growing tendency for psychiatry and internal medicine to grow closer. Older clinicians say that this is not a new idea; younger ones, however, are inclined to talk of psychosomatic medicine and seem to feel that instead of caring for ill patients with the help of insight and sympathy, as Francis Peabody suggested, they can accomplish better results by more elaborate psychiatric methods. A book such as this is extremely helpful. It presents in clear and readable form the ideas of a psychiatrist who has worked in the field of internal medicine; it describes the manner in which the complex problems of thought are being approached by experts, and it outlines current knowledge of the methods of measuring behavior. The book also has two other valuable features. The first is its glossary; here, as the author says, the internist can find the meaning of about twelve hundred of

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