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December 1927

Readings in Abnormal Psychology and Mental Hygiene.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;18(6):1063. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02210060198013

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The editor of this volume has selected excerpts from about 227 papers on various topics of abnormal psychology, and has organized them into twentysix chapters. The title of the book is somewhat misleading in that only one paper is devoted to the large subject of mental hygiene.. It seems hardly justifiable to devote one half of the title of such a large volume on the basis of this one paper. The purpose of the book is to provide the student with a source book in the rapidly growing and widening field of abnormal psychology. The method of selecting parts of a large series of papers was chosen to give a more elastic presentation of a broad subject—to give a glimpse at the literature and the views of different authors on similar subjects.

Jastrow, in an interesting introduction to the volume, discusses the changing points of view in this