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May 1948

Understandable Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1948;59(5):688-689. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02300400124018

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In this book, as its title implies, Dr. Hinsie attempts to present the basic formulations of psychiatry as to psychodynamic principles, psychopathologic entities and the various disease groups and symptom complexes, in a form which is understandable to both patient and physician. His premise is that "psychiatry cannot succeed as a treatment procedure until the treated person, with the physician's aid, comes to know as much about his or her personality as does the physician."

Dr. Hinsie succeeds very well in presenting his ideas in vivid, yet clear and nontechnical, language. The titles of the chapters themselves ("How Feelings Make Us Sick," "Emotional Pains," "The Oneness of Mind and Body") indicate his approach, with emphasis throughout on psychosomatic interrelations. There is a liberal use of illustrative case material, woven into the text itself and bringing color and life to the theoretic discussions. The discussions are also full of pungent aphorisms,