September 1963

Medizinische Psychologie.

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Twelfth revised edition. By Ernst Kretschmer, PhD, MD. Price, DM 37 (approx $9). Pp 401, with 36 illustrations. Georg Thieme Verlag, Herdweg 63, (14a) Stuttgart N, Germany, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(3):305-306. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720150115014

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Ernst Kretschmer is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and Director of the University Neurological and Psychiatric Hospital. He is probably best known to the American reader as the author of Körperbau und Charakter, in which a typology based upon systematic relationships between body build and personality patterns was proposed.

The present edition of Medizinische Psychologie (as were its 11 predecessors) is an ambitious attempt to distill, from the behavioral and biological sciences, those empirical facts and principles directly germane to the psychiatric-psychological education of medical students and general medical practitioners. A substantial portion of this text forthrightly and lucidly presents welldocumented material in such areas as cortical and subcortical integration centers, comparative psychology, psychodiagnostic testing, schizophrenic thought processes, and the dissociative states. Hess' contribution of the 1930's on the functions of the hypothalamus in cats is given prominent treatment. It is therefore surprising

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