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March 1930

The Psychology of Mental Disorders.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(3):615-616. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220090210024

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Both in title and in format this little book reminds one of Bernard Hart's: "The Psychology of Insanity," which first appeared in 1912. Dr. Hart ably and successfully presented the psychology of mental disease from the psychoanalytic point of view. Since the appearance of his book, which went through a number of editions, there has been a gap in psychiatric literature for a brief presentation of the psychology of mental disease not based exclusively on psychoanalysis. Dr. Myerson, who declares himself as a "conservative in psychopathology," by writing this book has emphasized the existence of this gap, rather than filled it.

After a brief survey of the social problem of mental disease, the mind-body problem is briefly, but hardly adequately, discussed. Chapters 2 to 4 deal with the main symptoms and manifestations of the major and minor psychoses. The key-note of his "psychology" of these disorders seems to be

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