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January 1925

Harvard Health Talks. A Present-Day Conception of Mental Disorders

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By Charles Macfie Campbell, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University. Price, $1.00. Pp. 54. Boston: Harvard University Press, 1924.

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;13(1):153. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200070156018

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This is one of a series of Harvard Health Talks for the laity and is a delightfully written essay on the mechanisms of behavior, normal and abnormal. Without doubt it will carry illumination to every layman concerning the cause of certain actions and certain personalities, and we believe that many physicians would profit richly by reading it two or three times.

The author starts by indicating that many every-day types of character, emancipated, eccentric, model, are really mental disorders. He asks a series of questions like the following: "Can the blameless and model individual, following smugly in the parental footsteps, be the victim of a disorder consisting essentially in the repression of the most productive elements in the individual's nature?" But why he puts these statements in the form of questions is not entirely clear. He then pleads that the same consideration be given to emotional states as is currently