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November 1920


Arch NeurPsych. 1920;4(5):602. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1920.02180230127013

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Psychiatry moves. Editions are milestones. In the first edition (1905) of this manual, the practice of psychiatry was dealt with in one chapter: it now fills ten. New descriptions of mental measurements appear, psychanalysis, community surveys, social service, after-care.

The de Fursac translation, much revised, is still the center of Parts I and II, but there are many explanations and interpolations by Rosanoff, Hollingworth, Neymann and Miss Jarrett. There is a tendency to turn from the general to the particular. The result is a book, patchy but clear, in which the reader can easily find his way. Part III (200 pages) contains detailed instructions for performing intelligence tests, examinations of spinal fluid and special diagnostic procedures which will gratify the physician who needs a very definite help in an unfamiliar field.

The psychiatrist will wonder at the dispassionate expositions of psychoses and treatments from irreconcilable points of view. The older