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October 21, 1939

The Mechanism of Thought, Imagery and Hallucination

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By Joshua Rosett, Professor of Neurology in Columbia University, New York. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 289, with 12 illustrations. New York, Morningside Heights: Columbia University Press, 1939.

JAMA. 1939;113(17):1593. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800420067041

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A tremendous amount of effort has been put into this great tome in an effort to explain the mechanisms of mental processes on a strictly organic basis. Biologic data and the experiments with diseases affecting man are utilized in deducing the mechanisms of thought. Each chapter outlines a phase of the subject and is followed by a detailed summary and bibliography. Thought, imagery and hallucination are discussed and described, but the explanations are not satisfactory even though based on physiology. We still appreciate Sherrington's statement that understanding the physiology of the brain leads us but little closer to understanding mental processes.

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