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January 1926

Essentials of Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1926;15(1):148. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1926.02200190151013

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To write a textbook on psychiatry "for the general practitioner, for the student, for the nurse, for the social worker," and to crowd it into 200 pages, is an ambitious program, and something is bound to suffer. This is what has been attempted by Dr. Henry, and in addition, material has been included that might well be omitted, such as an alphabetical list of poisons that could conceivably (or inconceivably, e. g., brucine, snake-bite, verdigris) be obtained by patients. The section of clinical psychiatry is probably the least adequate, although there are good chapters on the development of personality and psychiatric treatment. The author relies on extracts from case records to prove his points, and on a hypothetic individual who, in order to emphasize the different types of personality disorders, runs the gauntlet of mental catastrophes. In the section on mental hygiene the author takes the reader by the hand