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"This volume is intended to state as clearly as possible the factors underlying the formation of nervous and mental diseases and their treatment. It is believed that physicians other than psychiatrists will be able to make practical and valuable application of the principles of therapy herein discussed." These two sentences from the preface express clearly the aims of the book, which are admirably attained.
The first five chapters are devoted chiefly to definitions and descriptions, for the most part objective, concise and informative. Complicated technical terms are studiously avoided. Illuminating examples are given at every turn. Next, psychologic mechanisms are discussed. The simpler psychotherapeutic procedures, such as broad analysis of mechanisms, retraining, attitude therapy, suggestion, hypnosis and drugs, are dealt with in an objective and common sense manner, which could scarcely give offense to adherents of any school of psychiatric thought, or of none. "Psychosomatic" disturbances are well described.