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February 1919


Arch NeurPsych. 1919;1(2):271-273. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1919.02180020138010

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Translated by Wilfred B. Christopherson: Edited with a prefatory note by William Aldren Turner, C.B., M.D., Temporary Colonel, Army Medical Service and Consulting Neurologist to the Forces in England. Published by the University of London Press, Ltd., in the Military Medical Manuals.

To the neurologist, especially one who has taken up military duties, this will prove one of the most interesting books resulting from the war. The psychologist will perhaps be disappointed that the authors do not go more deeply into the mental mechanisms involved in the production of these conditions, although no one will doubt for a moment their practical understanding of the underlying mechanisms when the results of their treatment are considered.

One of the fundamental elements in the causation of the psychoneuroses is certainly emotional shock but this alone does not suffice to produce the symptoms. In the normal individual, emotional phenomena, however violent they may be,

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