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April 20, 1918

A Clinical Manual of Mental Diseases.

JAMA. 1918;70(16):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600160056024

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This edition does not materially differ from the first, although it has been revised and to some extent enlarged and altered. It remains a good descriptive textbook. The author's strong points are delineation of clinical types and therapeutic procedures. His weak points are psychology (normal and abnormal) and, consequently, classification. The book aims to be a practical guide for students and practitioners, and it is; but with a somewhat loose or superficial psychology, and a classification here and there a bit careless, it is a guide that might occasionally lead one astray. To write about the insanity of the special fears, the insanity of indecision, and the insanity of deficient inhibition might easily mislead the inexperienced, even though the description of the patients is good, for these are not insanities at all. On page 195 the author makes the common though radical error of confusing phobia with impulse. In the

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