Book Reviews
May 1948

The Metabolic Brain Diseases and Their Treatment.

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By G. Tayleur Stockings, M.D. Pp. 262. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Company, 1947.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(5):771-772. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020788025

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Psychiatry, of all branches of medicine, is most in need of a new scientific approach. It requires a factual study based on established fundamental anatomic, physiologic and psychologic principles, with reasonable deductions supported by accurate observations which can be duplicated by any intelligent, observant student of the problem. A psychiatric thesis which finds expression in the quicksands of an obscure and often vague and indefinite terminology, in which the relatively few observations (and those largely subjective) are susceptible of many interpretations depending on the particular bias of the interpreter whose concepts are open and understandable only to the "initiated" can never lead to a sound understanding of mental processes and mental disorders. The necessary scientific approach to the problems of psychiatry is not easy to achieve, nor has it as yet been forthcoming. Anything approaching a real understanding of mental disease still lies in the unforseeable future.

Unfortunately this pseudoscientific

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