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November 4, 1933

Human Mentality in the Light of Psychiatric Experience. An Outline of General Psychiatry.

JAMA. 1933;101(19):1505-1506. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740440065036

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This textbook of psychiatry, originally published in two volumes under the Swedish title Det mänskliga själslivet, is intended as a general guide to normal psychology and psychopathology. The author has especially attempted to point out the manner in which normal psychology has been benefited and clarified by psychiatric experience. The book is extremely detailed and copiously annotated. Its scope is large, the subject matter is well chosen, and the style is scholarly. There are eighteen chapters grouped into three main sections, on (1) the functional structure of mental life and its morbid changes, (2) causes and (3) treatment of mental diseases. The two introductory chapters give a brief survey of the history of psychiatry and a discussion of epistemological points of view or working methods of psychiatry. The eleven chapters in the first section deal with psychologic principles, the morbid changes in the emotional life, philosophical discussion of the ego

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