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February 1933

Lectures on Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(2):431-432. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240080221024

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This is a particularly timely book, for it gives the lifelong experience of a psychiatrist who has taught this branch in the University of Groningen from 1896 to 1930. During this period the author has lectured on both psychiatry and neurology, and the lectures which are hereby published, while they do not offer a complete survey of general psychiatry, for etiology, prognosis and therapeutics are not touched on at all or only incidentally, nevertheless furnish an exceedingly comprehensive view of general psychopathology. To modern neuropsychiatrists they are particularly interesting, for the author believes that for both neurologists and psychiatrists an intimate knowledge of both branches is necessary. "The intimate connection between material and psychical processes... gives the firm conviction that the material and the psychical worlds differ only in external form, not in essence, from each other. Both spheres are governed by similar laws." He also believes that a knowledge

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