October 1961

Principles of Dynamic Psychiatry.

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By Jules H. Masserman, M.D. Second Edition. Price, $8.00. Pp. 332. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(4):421. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710160101015

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The second edition of Masserman's book has been considerably altered by the omission of certain sections such as those on combat neuroses and wartime morale and by the addition of sections on ethology, information and systems theory, disturbances of communications, and the evolution of psychotherapy. Many other changes have been made throughout the book which bring it up to date five years after the publication of the first edition.

The book itself is rather small, containing only 190 pages of text. However, there are a number of appendices—one on ethology and biodynamics, one on illustrative motion picture films, a condensed illustrative psychoanalysis of a neurotic personality, and a section on psychoanalytic formulations of the psychoses followed by an extensive up-to-date bibliography of over a hundred items and a rather complete glossary of psychiatric terms. There is then an extremely adequate name-and-subject index. In brief, Masserman has put together from

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