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November 25, 1933

Syllabus of Psychiatry: A Guide to General Orientation.

JAMA. 1933;101(22):1751-1752. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740470065046

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Beyond stating that this attempt at a general orientation is well done, little in the way of review is practicable. Dr. Hinsie has summarized in a small volume the thoughts, theories and teachings of those whose influence on psychiatry today is of leading significance. They are grouped under chapters on constitutional concepts, psychic concepts, psychophysical concepts and sociological considerations, with a final chapter on endogeny and exogeny. On page 332 the author says "The principal purpose of this syllabus is to build up a new point of vantage from which one may survey psychiatric conditions, from which one may gain a critical perspective of the several attitudes in order to see their relationships to one another." Effort is made to render correlations between the various schools and to throw new light on the position of mental disorders in the field of medicine in general. The sociological chapter contains a syllabus

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