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February 27, 1926

An Introduction to Objective Psychopathology.

JAMA. 1926;86(9):646. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670350056032

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The author presents studies of 200 patients with nervous diseases found in a single community and without any attempt to classify them according to commonly accepted neuropsychiatric terms. He concludes that 145 of the 200 persons studied owed their nervousness wholly or in part to maladaptive habits of response to personal problems and difficulties. Many of them also suffered from actual physical disease. While not discarding entirely freudian classifications, he endeavors to fit them into his own scheme, realizing that the end-result is perhaps somewhat disorderly. The second half of the book is an attempt to present the new field of objective psychopathology, explaining the relation of his views to those of the freudian and other schools of psychiatric classification. The author is also able to indicate the relation of human reactions to experimental studies previously made on monkeys.

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