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November 1928

A Text Book of Psychiatry for Students and Practitioners.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;20(5):1149-1150. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210170258016

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A successful textbook on any subject is a rare achievement. This is particularly true of books on psychiatry. Henderson and Gillespie's work therefore is outstanding in the fact that it belongs to this class. The aim of the book is to present psychiatry from the biologic point of view of Adolf Meyer. This biologic hypothesis regards mental illness as the accumulative result of unhealthy reactions of the individual mind to its environment and seeks to trace in a given case all the factors that go to the production of these reactions. The book begins with a historical review of the care and treatment of mental disease and is followed by an interesting chapter on classifications, in which there is a resumé of most of the classifications in use at the present time. One is inclined to agree with the authors who state that no attempt at psychiatric classification is entirely

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