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April 1949

The Commonsense Psychiatry of Dr. Adolf Meyer: Fifty-Two Selected Papers.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;61(4):465. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310100129017

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This volume, composed of a narrative of Meyer's life, interspersed with 52 of his papers, is an attempt by the author, a layman, to fulfil a long-felt need for presentation of the life and writings of Dr. Adolf Meyer to the public and to the psychiatrists of America. Unfortunately, the narrative is difficult to follow, broken up as it is by numerous articles; and Dr. Meyer therefore does not come alive in its pages. It is difficult to visualize the great teacher and leader of American psychiatry and to know him as a man—a living human being.

The author has selected 52 of Meyer's papers from the more than 175 publications that flowed from his prolific pen. The choice on the whole is representative of Meyer's writings and teaching, but it completely neglects his writings on neurology, especially his work on aphasia, and it also leaves out his paper on

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