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March 1938

Der Selbstmord.

Arch NeurPsych. 1938;39(3):654. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270030232019

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This study of suicide is in some respects comprehensive; Weichbrodt approaches the subject from many points of view, considering historical as well as sociologic and psychologic facts. The bock is a typical scholastic product of a diligent worker who has collected widely distributed material, but it lacks imagination and is devoid of new ideas. It shows a remarkable knowledge of literature, but the length of the quotations is tiresome and helps little to enlighten the subject— particularly as the author is satisfied with quotations and does not give his own point of view. The quotations are from famous writers, particularly of the past —philosophers, poets and scientists—and give their personal ideas about suicide. The psychiatric approach to the problem lacks a conception of modern, dynamic psychiatry and does not consider the dynamic interplay of conflicting psychic tendencies within the personality. In spite of the fact that Weichbrodt acknowledges the importance

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