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June 1935

A Handbook of Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1935;33(6):1386. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250180245018

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The purpose of Ewen in publishing this book is not to furnish a textbook. It is his intention that an orderly and methodical presentation of salient facts concerning the subject of mental disorder be made so as to supply a source for rapid reference. He has succeeded well in compiling in a book of approximately two hundred and sixty pages an excellent system of outlines of the different clinical forms of psychiatric illness or disorder. The book is little more than a definite outline. There is practically no discussion, except a few explanatory sentences which define the headings. The outlines are detailed and inclusive. For this reason it is accurately titled "A Handbook of Psychiatry" rather than a text.

The authors quoted are largely British or continental, although Ewen shows thorough familiarity with psychiatric literature in general. The last two sections, one on the legal relations of mental disorder, and

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