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May 1935

The Physical Mechanism of the Human Mind.

Arch NeurPsych. 1935;33(5):1141-1142. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250170227022

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In this interesting book Douglas tries to demonstrate "that by taking full advantage of the latest advances in physiological knowledge the gaps left by Associationism may be filled, the criticisms and requirements of Gestaltism may be met, and a complete scientific theory of Mind may be presented, upon the materialistic basis which Behaviourism rightly demands."

The first nine chapters are devoted to the presentation of an admittedly incomplete array of material, on which the author constructs his thesis. This material deals with some of the facts of comparative neurology (evolution), neuro-anatomy and neurophysiology; Lapicque's hypothesis of chronaxia is extensively used in the description of the mechanism of reflexes by means of interesting diagrams. The author fails to mention the works of Dr. H. H. Donaldson on the growth and development of the brain and the fundamental investigations of Dr. G. E. Coghill and Dr. Angulo y Gonzales on the correlation