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September 1940

Psychiatrie. Collection des initiations médicales.

Arch NeurPsych. 1940;44(3):699-700. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1940.02280090218019

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This text conforms to a plan adopted for this series of books for the use of beginners in medicine; it contains less than 200 pages of descriptive material, arranged in three parts. The first part deals with the reasons for which a psychiatrist is consulted; the second details the various procedures in a psychiatric examination—the anamnesis and mental, physical and biologic studies—and the third describes mental syndromes. The subject matter is easy to read, but is essentially a compendium or outline, useful mainly as a basis for rote memory. The only factor in its favor is its simplicity, clarity and brevity. To one accustomed to kraepelinian nomenclature the terms in the text appear strange. Dementia praecox and manic-depressive disorders receive no emphasis. Hebephrenia and catatonia are placed in the category of structural disease. In introducing the description of syndromes, the author writes: "In psychiatry it is not necessary to attempt

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