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July 1928

Essays in Psychopathology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;20(1):231-232. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210130238020

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Essays in psychopathology is a compilation of eleven papers which covers a number of subtopics. Two papers are book reviews; one is a review of a recent accomplishment; the remainder are appreciations of new methods, speculations as to future concepts and suggestions for broad and productive methods of approach in the study of psychopathology. The book is thoroughly interesting (in spite of rather frequent repetitions) but not always convincing. The review of recent developments, the papers on Individuality and Introversions and The Comparative Methods in Psychiatry are the most impressive essays.

A new point of view for the study of man is suggested. 1. Man is not separate and distinct from his fellows and environment but is a focus for forces that grow out of his environment and resolve back into it. 2. Man is an open energy system constantly receiving energy from the outside and giving energy back to

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