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The literature on hallucinations is enormous; surprisingly enough, it is almost entirely composed of papers dealing with isolated and specific issues. Large comprehensive monographs are rare, the only recent one being Mayer-Gross' chapter in Bumke's handbook. This is not the only reason, however, for the value of the present volume. Mourgue has written the best monograph on hallucinations that exists so far, and his book is an outstanding contribution to psychopathology.
Henri Bergson wrote a brief preface in which he recommends highly the biologic method of the author, who, in the words of Bergson, regards man "not only as a conscious being, but also as a living being."
An attempt to give a brief résumé of the author's facts and conclusions not only would do injustice to the book, but would be misleading. The author's point of view is synthetic, in the best meaning of this term, and he does