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June 1939

Outline of Psychiatric Case-Study.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(6):1276. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270180204020

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This book presents a detailed outline of instruction intended for the physician beginning training in psychiatry. It includes not only suggestions as to practical technics in making a thorough psychiatric study but also a rather comprehensive survey of material to be obtained from anamnesis, mental examination and clinical observation. Emphasis is placed on careful, orderly recording, not merely of the results of the history taking and of the mental status but of all contacts between the patient, his relatives and the hospital staff, which is so often inadequately done in psychiatric institutions. The implied theoretic orientation is not toward any specific school of thought. Dynamic concepts are evident, but the formal descriptive attitude probably necessary for the beginner's initiation is dominant. The book impresses the reviewer as a valuable addendum to the library of a training institution, which may prove useful as a time-saving device for the senior resident or

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