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February 20, 1926

Essentials of Psychiatry.

JAMA. 1926;86(8):574. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670340052034

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In this small volume Dr. Henry has essayed the task of presenting the whole field of psychiatry in a form suitable for "the general practitioner, the student, the nurse and the social worker." He has taken as the basis of his subject the personality and its disorders, and to a considerable degree he has brought home clearly the possibility of a real understanding of the symptoms of mental disorders. The book, however, suffers seriously from its extreme condensation, which at times leads the author into very questionable assertions, such as that "neurasthenia... has as a common cause excessive sexual indulgence previous to and during the time when the symptoms are manifested." This is probably not intended as a definition, but from the manner in which it is presented it will probably be so regarded. Such statements are certainly open to question and are surely not suited for the type of

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