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September 1932

Foundations of Abnormal Psychology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(3):756. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240030276023

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Most books on this subject emphasize the purely functional elements with special emphasis on the most recent or freudian theories. As a contrast this book deals mostly with the organic aspects, and as such it is welcome, for, after all, while there has been considerable progress in knowledge of the psychobiology of mental disorders, the organic elements still remain the groundwork.

The book is divided into two parts, the first dealing with general considerations of mental disorders, and the second with specific diseases. In the first part there is an interesting chapter on who is normal, and the author takes up the question of what are normal heredity, environment and past life. Studies of normality have been attracting increasing attention in the last few years, for they show that many of the factors that are considered pathologic are really variations of the normal. This has been well shown in child

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