March 1948

Mental Mischief and Emotional Conflicts.

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By William S. Sadler, M.D. Price, $6. Pp. 396. St. Louis: The C. V. Mosby Company, 1947.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(3):421-422. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220210175016

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Whenever a writer attempts to explain so complex a subject as the human personality, with its conflicts and its disharmonies, in a style suited to the lay reader, all too often the result is oversimplification. In thirty-four chapters Dr. Sadler discusses practically all problems which a busy psychiatrist is likely to encounter in any single month of practice. After a few chapters devoted to basic concepts of psychopathology, he separately discusses the various neuroses, character disorders and nonorganic psychoses and concludes with a chapter devoted to psychotherapy and one on "A Philosophy of Life."

The subtitle of this pretentious work is "Psychiatry and Psychology in Plain English." In spite of this warning, the reviewer was surprised to see the problem of multiple personality traits presented as manifestations of the "personality gear shift." Another cliché likely to catch the eye of the reader is "psychic indigestion." The problem of fatigue in

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