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March 1941

Psychiatric Dictionary.

Arch NeurPsych. 1941;45(3):576. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1941.02280150184018

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This dictionary is an important adjunct to psychiatric literature inasmuch as it is the first dictionary of its type since the one of D. Hack Tuke, in 1892. To be sure, R. H. Hutchings' "Psychiatric Word Book" has become available since this time, going through five editions, the last of which appeared in 1937, but the definitions in this handy little volume were exceedingly short and had little descriptive material. In the new psychiatric dictionary there are some 7,500 title entries and the authors have been careful not to duplicate any of the words given by Howard Warren in his "Dictionary of Psychology," published in 1934.

The psychiatric dictionary is made up of psychiatric terms, and it is important to note that all definitions of terms are given from an exclusively psychiatric point of view. Unless this is realized the reader may discover extreme narrowness in definitions of certain words