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July 15, 1922

Lehrbuch der Speziellen Psychiatrie für Studierende und Aerzte.

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Von Professor Dr. Alexander Pilcz. Sixth edition. Paper. Price, 80 marks. Pp. 315. Leipsic: Franz Deuticke, 1922.

JAMA. 1922;79(3):236. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640030062036

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Written specifically for students and practitioners, this textbook is limited strictly to a description of the clinical varieties of mental disease and defect. General symptomatology, pathogenesis and dynamic psychology have been intentionally omitted, on the assumption that they are of no practical value, and are of interest only to the specialist. Whatever one may think of this view, there can be no hesitation in asserting that the task undertaken has been admirably carried out. The descriptions are concise, and yet extraordinarily full; the language and style are simple, but vividly real, and there is an entire absence of dry, monotonous technicality, which so often makes this subject the bane of the student's existence. Few headings are used, each named disorder being considered under symptoms, psychic and somatic; course; prognosis; differential diagnosis; etiology, and therapy. Pathologic anatomy is described briefly when anything is known. Treatment is accorded perhaps more than its

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