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August 1950

Le Psiconevrosi.

Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(2):308-309. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310260146012

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This work, written by one of the developers of therapeutic electric shock and his associate, has just been published in Rome. It was given me by Bini for the purpose of translation during a recent visit to that city.

Both Bini and Cerletti are primarily neuropathologists. Bini's last previous book, published in 1948, was concerned with the presenile dementias and is largely a neuropathologic study of typical cases. A work on the psychoneuroses from the pen of a neuropathologist should therefore be most interesting. No new theories are presented, but valuable and constructive philosophic "slants" on etiology and therapy are presented. Original groupings and concepts are given.

The book is divided into four parts: (1) synthesis of the etiopathogenic and nosologic approaches; (2) analysis and critique of these approaches; (3) clinical descriptions; (4) diagnosis and therapy. The historical and contemporary coverage of the field is complete. In their "nosologic" approach,