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December 1930

La pratique psychiatrique.

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By M. Laignel-Lavastine, André Barbé and Delmas. Second edition, revised and corrected. Pp. 891. Paris: J. B. Baillière et fils, 1929.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(6):1303. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220180200024

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In the development of American psychiatry it has come about that the conceptions of French authors have had little influence. Today it is difficult for those not well versed in the historical development of French psychiatry to find their way in the terminology of French authors. The aim of the textbook edited by Laignel-Lavastine is to make psychiatry easily understandable to students of general medicine and to practitioners, to show that at least an elementary knowledge of psychiatry is necessary to every physician, and to point out that "the psychiatric anarchy is much more in words than in facts." The unity of the volume is assured by the fact that the three authors are all pupils of the eminent Gilbert Ballet. The first part, by Barbé, takes up the general symptomatology of mental diseases; the second part, by Delmas, takes up the nosology. Laignel-Lavastine discusses legal medicine in the third