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November 1929

Les obsédés.

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;22(5):1102-1103. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02220050242020

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The book by Dr. Mallet forms part of a series which is designed to give concise information about various medical subjects of current interest. Obsessions, as Séglas points out in his brief preface, constitute a chapter of psychiatry to which in the past French writers have made most important contributions. The author of this book, a pupil of the distinguished psychiatrists Gilbert Ballet and Chaslin, presents his subject with great facility and not without a certain literary charm. He begins by giving a number of case abstracts. In them the verbal statements of some of the patients are instructive and afford good examples of obsessive conditions. From the author's selection of illustrative cases, however, one can already discern that he is inclined to emphasize the physical aspects of obsessive neuroses. In fact, he states that all obsessive conditions show "the same organopsychic substratum" (p. 24).

Symptomatologically, he regards anguish

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