December 1965

Mental Testing in Clinical Practice.

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By Moyra Williams, BLD, Phil. Price, 21 s. Pp 177. Pergamon Press, Ltd., 4 & 5 Fitzroy Sq, London W 1, England, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(6):577-578. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730060095016

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In the forward to Mental Testing in Clinical Practice, Dr. Williams states that the book is intended for all those who are concerned with the measurement of mental activities. Dr. Williams admits that the limitations, or more aptly the selection of material, is based entirely on his own preferences. The purpose of the effort as stated is to familiarize one with the field, both as to scope and method. Hopefully this will allow for an evaluation of the usefulness of the method.

This is indeed a brief but comprehensive introduction to the usual areas that clinical psychology deals with in its diagnostic effort. After an historical and descriptive introduction to mental testing, the author divides the book into five major areas: Intelligence, Personality, Speech and Language, Memory and Learning, and Perception and Orientation. Each area is introduced and defined. The general history of its development

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