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March 1948

Manual of Psychological Medicine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1948;59(3):443-444. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02300380172021

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This book is, in effect, a condensed textbook of psychiatry. It was written in Britain at the height of the war, at a time when the problems of psychiatry for civilian and soldier alike were sharply focused. The author explicitly states that its purpose was to provide for the needs of the civilian practitioners, members of the army recruiting boards and medical officers, who were currently confronted with the bulk of problems in the domain of "psychologic medicine." It is within these limitations of scope and purpose that this work must be viewed. It should not be conceived of as adequate for the psychiatrist or the serious student of psychiatry.

The text follows generally the pattern of most comprehensive works in psychiatry. For purposes of description, it may be divided into three parts, of which the middle section constitutes the bulk. The first portion includes chapters on the normal mind,