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August 17, 1935

Mental Health: Its Principles and Practice, with Emphasis on the Treatment of Mental Deviations

JAMA. 1935;105(7):536. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760330062029

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Mental Health is a somewhat misleading name for this book, as the subject matter is mainly concerned with the contributions of psychiatry to the understanding and management of educational problems. The book is similar to the volume of Anderson on Psychiatry and Education and the volume of Bassett on the School and Mental Health. It differs from previous similar attempts to correlate the fields of education and psychiatry in that the approach is entirely that of the psychobiologic school of Meyer. The book might have been called Educational Psychobiology. This clear and forceful presentation of the credo of the psychobiologists is welcome, for previously there was no handy epitome of this significant point of view.

The pluralistic approach to psychiatric problems with its emphasis on the behavior of the total human organism appeals to the unprejudiced reader as a form of sound eclecticism. The insistence of the psychobiologist that "he

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