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December 1919


Arch NeurPsych. 1919;2(6):714-715. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1919.02180120112009

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Apparently this interesting little monograph is meant more for the laity than for the medical profession. It is in part an essay, an oration, a harangue and a disquisition. Some paragraphs are suggestive of the slang words "barnstormer" and "spellbinder." But the author appeals to one as the freelance always does. He praises Freud, with reservation; commends Adler, but stabs him in vulnerable places; and lauds Jung, but criticizes some of his dicta.

The first part is largely a bitter impeachment of the general medical profession for its ignorance of, and indifference to, the nature of "nervousness," which the author treats as more or less of an entity.

Chapter two contains an intelligent discussion of the views of Freud, Adler and Jung. Without complete acceptance of Freud's views, the author gives him great credit for formulating a really mental treatment for mental disorders and carrying us beyond the stage of

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