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October 1946

The Biology of Schizophrenia.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;56(4):487-488. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300210131015

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The material in this book is a slightly amplified version of the Salmon Memorial Lectures delivered by Dr. Hoskins in 1945. In this book the author has summarized his viewpoint. It is essentially a call to the medical profession not to neglect the retort and microscope in the deluge of the facile and seductive psychoanalytic approaches to mental disease.

In the first section, the author traces the development of man from an isolated atom to his present integrated self in society—quite an optimistic undertaking for sixty-seven pages! No issue is taken with the author's statements, but one wonders what his purpose was in initiating a review of so vast a subject, which of necessity had to be brief and which for the most part is known to the average scientific reader. For example, he allots exactly five brief pages to a subject he heads "The Nature of Man."

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