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March 1940

A Handbook of Elementary Psychobiology and Psychiatry.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(3):682. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990140225021

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Abstract

This handbook of psychiatry was written for medical students and general practitioners of medicine. It presents the psychobiologic description of behavior as developed by Dr. Adolph Meyer and interpreted by the author.

There is an excellent dissertation on the psychobiologic point of view, followed by a detailed description of procedures for psychiatric examinations. Chapters are devoted to the common mental disorders—psychoneuroses, psychoses, drug addiction, alcoholism, poisons, etc. With the description of the disorders, there are suggestions on methods of management of the patients and details of psychotherapy.

The book is well written, interesting and valuable as a text. From the standpoint of the pediatrician or the general practitioner it is unfortunate that there are still schools of psychiatry, each having its own confusing nomenclature. The terminology in places detracts from an otherwise lucid book.

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