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October 1931

Aerzte als Patienten.

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By Dr. A. Grotjahn. Price, 14 marks. Pp. 268. Leipzig: Georg Thieme, 1929.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(4):904. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230100222024

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Abstract

One speaks occasionally of our age as that of the interest in the child — one might add "and of the individual." In this very worth while book, Grotjahn gives samples of crucial experiences of physicians in their own illnesses, a much appreciated gathering of data for a better knowledge of the personality reaction of patients. Psychiatry and nervous diseases figure in several reports. The material is grouped under the heading of subjective accounts of illnesses obtained out of physicians' autobiographies, accounts from casuistic literature and responses to several inquiries and requests by the editor. The book is a real stimulus in the direction of practical medical psychology — examples of physicians describing their having to take their own medicine and, more, having to prove themselves as patients.

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