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November 16, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(20):1632. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760460068026

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The name of this author is widely known because of his contributions to anthropology, ethnology and travel. Some time ago, feeling himself under the influence of alcoholic addiction, he voluntarily entered an institution for the mentally defective and submitted himself to retention, during which time he overcame completely the craving for alcoholic liquors and obtained an insight into modern methods of caring for the mentally sick. His book reads like a novel but is accurate and should be of great value in carrying to people generally a better idea of modern methods and a better understanding of those who suffer with mental diseases. Although published but a short time ago, the book has already passed through several editions and is listed among nonfiction best sellers. Every physician will find it a welcome addition to his correlated reading in medical work. There are occasional passages of a "blue" character, which may

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