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September 1942

Psychotherapy in General Practice.

Arch NeurPsych. 1942;48(3):508. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290090164015

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As the name suggests, this book is addressed to general practitioners. It would also be an excellent book for medical students and, as a digest of current points of view, for psychiatrists. It does not attempt to turn the average physician into a specialist; rather, it points out the indications for action; the physician's proper attitude toward difficult personal problems, such as when and when not to ask questions and when to refer patients for psychoanalysis or seek commitment.

Typical, and ably done, is the chapter on suicide. The author points out that there are many conditions besides the manic-depressive psychosis in which suicide is a real danger, and proceeds to list and describe them: the normal human being in some cultures; the hysterical psychopathic personality; delirium; alcoholism; schizophrenia and paranoid and panic states, and reactive depressions. He then lists and discusses the manifestations which point to a real danger