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April 1955

An Introduction to Physical Methods of Treatment in Psychiatry

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;73(4):484. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330100116021

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The third edition of this standard work has been largely rewritten, particularly the chapter on psychosurgery. There is less emphasis on the abreactive techniques, which found their greatest application in the acute war neuroses. Denis Hill has added a chapter on treatment of the epilepsies that serves to round out the volume in particularly agreeable fashion. Since the publication of the second edition, in 1948, there have been considerable advances, especially in the long-term evaluation of the shock therapies, but chlorpromazine is discussed in two pages, and reserpine does not appear in the index. The writing is forceful without being dogmatic. The authors show great versatility in the management of patients, shifting from one method to another, and back again, in accordance with the changing clinical picture of the disease. The patient is thus given the widest latitude in therapy in order to hasten recovery. "The good clinician will avoid

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