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December 27, 1924

Common Symptoms of an Unsound Mind. A Guide for General Practitioners.

JAMA. 1924;83(26):2115. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660260059040

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This book has been written to help the general practitioner to recognize the kind of insanity from which a patient is suffering and thus to enable him to decide whether commitment is necessary and to give better care to those who are to be treated at home. With this in view, the author discusses the time-old "symptoms" of insanity in separate chapters entitled: delusions; disorders of perception; exaltation, excitement and depression; mental confusion, and altered conduct. Under each the diagnostic meaning and pathologic significance are discussed in an extremely formal, almost compendial, manner. The nomenclature employed differs considerably from that in common use in this country, a fact that alone would considerably limit the value of the book in America. But, in addition, there is an almost complete lack of consideration of the dynamic psychologic point of view that has done so much to bring some real understanding of these

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