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June 1930

Psychiatrie du médecin practicien.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(6):1304-1305. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220120209014

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Dide and Guiraud are both excellent practitioners in psychiatry and have written a book serviceable to the practitioner, cleancut, lucid and without being too schematic. After a fairly full chapter on the "unconscious psychisms," affectivity, activity and intelligence, the authors deal with: arrested development; the psychopathic constitutions; the essentially instincto-affective syndromes, manic-depressive, progressive-delusional and hebephrenia; the instinctive-affective syndromes with open cause; confusion and dream-states; the syndromes of chronic mental enfeeblement (organic), arterial, focal, senile, arteriosclerotic, syphilitic, general paralytic, encephalitic, alcoholic, post-traumatic, epileptic, from cerebral diseases and "postconfusional." This is followed by a chapter on the examination and therapeutic disposal and medicolegal problems.

The book has the clearness of French thought, with a liberal eclecticism, including psychoanalytic and bergsonian concepts and those of von Monakow and Mourgue, without surrendering the basic tenets of French clinical nosography and the easy grouping of the data. Well chosen pictures of patients are rendered in

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