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May 1938


Arch NeurPsych. 1938;39(5):1126. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270050252023

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One admires the versatility and wide reading that the author shows in the first edition of this book and in bringing the material up to date in the second. The reading and abstracting, however, have left their imprint on the style; one feels that the book is a patchwork, not sufficiently knit together by a mature point of view. This is, of course, an advantage in some ways, for the opinions of various investigators are brought forward, but often without constructive comment. A shorter book with fewer quotations from various authors would be more convincing. A longer book would be more authoritative. The book falls between the two. The discussions of treatment, however, are concise and sound and express personal opinions evidently backed by experience and common sense.

In the second edition new material has been added and much revision made in chapter 11, on the vegetative nervous system. Such