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November 30, 1935

The Achievement of Happiness

JAMA. 1935;105(22):1800. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760480070036

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Abstract

The evaluation of this book is rather difficult because of its unusual nature. Intended as a book of inspiration, it tries to carry out its purpose by means of short lectures consisting of illustrative yarns from the author's experience and also some which he retells at second hand. How much inspiration a depressed psychotic or maladjusted individual can obtain from a literary source is questionable; but, placed in the hands of an occasional chronic complainer, the present work might serve some purpose. The medical information in it is scattered, from various sources, and scanty. The medical topics are chiefly endocrinology, fatigue and sexual adjustment. The author's primary interest, according to the publishers' note, is biochemistry. He does not mention enough of this in the book to indicate his soundness or unsoundness in this field—he is obviously no psychiatrist. The book need not be wholly condemned for, as a short unsystematized,

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