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December 1932

The Structure of Insanity: A Study in Phylopathology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(6):1464. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240060223031

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In this little book, which is one of the "General Series of Psyche Miniatures," the author summarizes briefly his ideas, derived from group analysis, which he has already expressed more fully in numerous papers and a book. He does not offer here any new concrete points, nor does this statement add to the clarity of Dr. Burrow's general theses. The following quotation may serve both as an example of the style of presentation and as a statement of the author's views: "It is time that the whole category of good-bad (normal) alternatives, which are sponsored only by the divisive social substantive 'I' and to which patient and doctor are alike the unwitting social victims, be regarded as superficial symptoms of a deeper-seated disorder existing throughout the human species and that accordingly we take up seriously the laboratory study of the physiology of man's behavior as a social animal" (p. 78).

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