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October 1924

Textbook of Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;12(4):485. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02200040134008

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This translation has been made from the fourth German edition, the first edition having appeared in 1916. It is intended primarily for students and general practitioners, and presents in an admirably clear manner the established facts of psychiatry. In describing the different named mental diseases, the author follows closely the classification of Kräpelin, although he refuses to accept some of the finer subdivisions made by that author. The formal descriptions are well exemplified by illustrative cases in which the psychologic mechanisms involved are pointed out. These interpretations are kept strictly within the limits of clear demonstrability, and carefully avoid speculation. The author pays full tribute to the contributions of Freud, but does not follow him slavishly. The use that is made of these formulations not only will not offend those to whom psychanalysis, as often expounded, is objectionable, but will help to bring a clearer understanding of the practical value