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October 1932


Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(4):963-964. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240040208017

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There is no doubt that a great deal of progress in psychiatry is to be expected from the application of psychologic methods and psychologic reasoning to the study of psychopathic patients. This contact between psychology and psychopathology can be effected in various ways. Some psychiatrists are fully trained experimental psychologists and have themselves used psychologic methods on their patients. Then, in recent years, most interesting data and perspectives. have been gained from investigations carried out on psychopathic patients by experimental psychologists without any specific psychiatric training. However, one way in which psychologists have approached psychopathologic problems not only is not conducive to progress, but is harmful and misleading to students of both sciences. The present volume, published as the second of a series of "Duke University Psychological Monographs," is a typical example of the last kind, and illustrates some of the defects characteristic of an unfortunate trend taken by some

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