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January 1944

The Nature and Treatment of Mental Disorders.

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By Dom Thomas Verner Moore, O.S.B., Ph.D., M.D., with a foreword by Edward A. Strecker, M.D. Price, $4. Pp. viii, plus 312. New York: Grune and Stratton, Inc., 1943.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;51(1):112. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290250118016

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Father Moore, from his long experience as both priest and physician to the mind, makes in this book a "sincere attempt to make use of whatever is available in psychology or physiology to clarify the concept of mental disorder or ameliorate any abnormal condition of the human mind." "Successful psychiatry," he continues, "can neglect neither the psychic nor the somatic." While he does not specifically emphasize the power of God, this factor is the constant K that enters into almost every equation of human personalities that so richly illustrates this small, readable volume.

The book starts off with a brief and succinct summary of the various concepts of psychopathology held by Freud, Jung, Adler and Alexander, with critical comments concerning their lack of control observations. "It is high time for psychoanalytic writers to test their theories of the origin of mental disorder by empirical study and statistical procedures." Dr. Moore's