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October 1944

Manual of Psychological Medicine for Practitioners and Students.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;52(4):340. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290340087014

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The author of this volume is consulting physician to University College, London, and lecturer on mental deficiency at the London University. In his preface he states that the book is written because of the present need of general practitioners and students for information on psychiatric medicine. His desire is to create "a reasonably short, plain and practical account giving the essentials of this branch of medicine which would fill a very real wartime need." In this aim he has accomplished his purpose, for, in 298 pages, he has covered many of the essentials in the knowledge of practical psychiatry. The author has set down, both clearly and concisely, his concept of psychologic medicine in its entirety.

The usefulness of this book, however, is questionable. Like most compendiums, it covers too much ground, and too superficially. In the introduction, in which he discusses the "normal mind," theories of development and the

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