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October 1935

Textbook of Abnormal Psychology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1935;34(4):928-929. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250220232022

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Perhaps this might be regarded as the first formal textbook on abnormal psychology that approaches clinical psychiatry closely. Dorcus and Shaffer have intentionally prepared it for the "needs of advanced students in psychology, particularly medical students who desire more psychological information." A foreword by Knight Dunlap comments on the critical balance of the book and the beginning of an epoch by its publication. An additional foreword by Dr. Ross McClure Chapman is complimentary. It brings out the psychiatric point of view, however, that the psychologist must be warned against the practice of psychiatry. All in all, the book seems to be a textbook of psychiatry written entirely from a psychologic point of view. Schizophrenia, manic-depressive psychoses and involutional melancholia are listed as functional psychoses. Various theories as to the cause of different clinical psychoses and, particularly, psychoneuroses are presented fairly. The field of psychoanalysis, particularly freudian theories, has had little

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