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January 1965

Personality Development and Psychopathology.

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By Norman Cameron, MD. Price, $8.75. Pp 793, with no illustrations. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2 Park St, Boston 02107, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(1):108-109. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860130110028

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Long after the Delphic oracle challenged men and decades after the injunction: "Know thyself" emanated from Chilon of Sparta, the "Dark Philosopher" Heraclitus admonished: "The soul of man is a far country, which cannot be approached or explored."

Today one looks back at the long and arduous road along which man's understanding of himself has gained with every step of knowledge. We have received this knowledge, frail and faulty thing at times, and have explored man's soul; and, through its spaciousness and complexities, we have perceived the glimmer of its true nature.

If one is to deal effectively with the strange behavior, the paralyzing fears, irrationalities, and apparent inconsistencies of persons suffering from neurosis, psychosis, or personality disorders, one must be familiar with the process of personality development. This book brilliantly leads one as in an adventure through this dynamic phenomenon; it is intellectually stimulating and exciting to read for

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