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March 29, 1924

An Introduction to the Study of Mental Disorders.

JAMA. 1924;82(13):1069. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650390059042

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In this volume the author has combined his earlier works, "Introduction to the Study of Mental Diseases" and "Notes on Mental Diseases." The book is intended for the use of medical students and social workers. In the earlier chapters are given a history of psychiatry and a discussion of the aims of mental hygiene in relation to general medicine and society, wherein much stress is laid on the deterministic view of behavior and the importance of the interpretative study of mental disorders. These excellent principles are, however, little considered in the later presentation of the subject, which consists of a decidedly formal and descriptive account of certain psychologic abstractions and mental diseases. One cannot but feel that the student will find the subject dry and its study an effort of memory rather than a basis for reasoning and understanding. From the introductory chapters one would be led to expect an

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