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April 1953

Méthodes biologiques en clinique psychiatrique

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1953;69(4):550. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1953.02320280138016

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This book is the most extensive single treatise on the biological methods used both in the diagnosis and in the treatment of mental illness. Its author is the research professor of psychiatry of the University of Paris and chief of the famed Hôpital Sainte-Anne. Its hard core is the collection of papers written by the author himself. It consists of chapters on encephalographic methods (electroencephalography and pneumoencephalography, the latter both for diagnostic and for therapeutic purposes), on shock treatment and psychosurgery, and, finally, on psychochemistry (humoral and endocrine psychoses, chemotherapy, and pharmacodynamic explorations). The methods, discussed and beautifully illustrated by the sort of detailed case histories in which the Gallic writers excel, cover everything known in this country, and more. It is of special interest that air injection is widely used in France as a therapeutic method not only in frankly endocrine disorders, but also in the manic-depressive states. The

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