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November 1931

Handwörterbuch der psychischen Hygiene und der psychiatrischen Fürsorge.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(5):1118. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230110216021

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The publication of this handbook of mental hygiene shows the interest with which the German-speaking countries turn to the field of mental health. Over seventy articles, from one to twenty-nine pages each, are offered. An outline of pathopsychology by K. Schneider gives a survey of abnormal variants of a normal psychology (twenty-nine pages). A discussion of the philosophies deals with the transformation of world views up to naturalism and the various psychopathologies, including sex and the neuroses. The history and scope of mental hygiene are given by Roemer (seventeen pages). Culture, civilization and art receive fifteen pages; criminal biology, thirteen. Heredity is treated by Lange; the sex life, by Maier. Special attention is given the institutional and also the various forms of open treatment of the mentally sick (sixty pages). Kahn offers a summary of his work on the psychopathic personalities, Wlassak a concise but informing account of the alcohol

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