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The necessity of a third edition of a textbook within a period of five years is a measure of its success. As an evidence of the growth of psychiatry, it has been found necessary to add a chapter on the psychiatry of childhood. The growth of the Child Guidance Clinics initiated by the Commonwealth Fund of New York has made this necessary. Another welcome addition is a résumé of the more important laws governing mental disorders in the United States of America and in continental countries.
Some alterations have been made here and there. In the chapter on epilepsy some new material has been added, but in some regards this chapter would have been better off without some of the newer theories and treatments, notably the theory that epilepsy results from watery edema of the brain and that attacks can be cured by dehydration. This contention has not as yet
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