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April 1932

Nervous Indigestion.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(4):985. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230160226022

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This is a very interesting and stimulating work. The author obviously has a wide understanding of the psychology of his patients and knows how to handle them. To him not every symptom necessarily means an organic disease, nor does every organic symptom necessarily mean a functional condition. The reviewer, who has practiced neuropsychiatry for many years, is in full agreement with the author's point of view, with the exception, however, of the last paragraph in the preface when he states that he agrees with Cabot that "much of the work might perhaps be done by trained social workers." This is vicious advice, for while very rarely a social worker may turn out to be everything a physician desires, most of them, with insufficient training, assume that they know more than the physician. In fact, the whole plea of the author's book is for the education of the physician and the