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August 1969

Textbook of Psychiatry for Medical Practice, ed 2.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(2):252-253. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740200124022

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A frequent error of psychiatry textbooks is that they attempt to present the entire field of psychiatry in a form directed at both the nonpsychiatrist and the psychiatrist. The usual result of this approach is a textbook that pleases neither of the two. The book becomes too detailed for the former but not concise enough for the latter. Dr. Hofling does not make this error. He clearly states in the introduction for whom this book is intended—". . . medical students and practitioners of general medicine and non-psychiatric specialties."

Having clearly stated for whom this book is intended, the author writes with a respect and concern for the English language. The book is consistently clear and readable. The discussion is easy to follow. Theoretical points are highlighted at appropriate intervals with illuminating clinical vignettes.

In assessing the content of this book we must clearly keep in mind the

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