September 1971

The Paranoid.

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By David W Swanson, MD; Philip J Bohnert, MD; Jackson A Smith, MD. Price, $15. Pp 544, with three illustrations. Little Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1970.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(3):480. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310210156039

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This book provides very interesting treatment of its subject. It holds wide reading appeal, especially for everyone concerned with the effect of one's mental condition upon all of his activity that may be described as social. To begin with, its unusually effective jacket focuses the localization of paranoid reactions within the individual's own mind, by providing the outline of the figure of a person by verbal description of grievance feelings. The extensive study is helpfully divided into the following four sections: Survey of the Problem, Clinical Aspects, Theoretical Considerations, and The Spheres of Influence. References, numerous and well selected, follow each of the 21 chapters. A workable index is provided.

The authors present richly descriptive accounts of paranoid disorders in a comprehensive, relevant way. Each section is strong in its own area, including readily understandable illustrative material. Every portion of the book is well done. Special attention is given to

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