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August 1939

Manual of Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(2):372. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270200192016

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For many years psychiatrists have complained that Kraepelin has dominated psychiatric thinking too much with his rigid nosologic ideas; yet most textbooks have reflected adherence to the Kraepelinian system of classification. Rosanoff has written a textbook which is refreshingly different. The monograph reflects to a large extent the author's personal bias and his special interests, which give it a flavor of its own, with many virtues and, at the same time, certain defects. There is a thorough presentation of the biologic, genetic and social points of view, which are helpful to the reader who wishes to orient himself with the current trends of thought in psychiatry. The profusion of references and the original quotations from various authors, as well as the inclusion of current material from newspapers and personal impressions, such as Tunney's description of "punch drunk," and the author's personal genetic investigations, make the volume more a reference than