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August 16, 1941

The Therapy of the Neuroses and Psychoses: A Socio-Psycho-Biologic Analysis and Resynthesis

JAMA. 1941;117(7):573. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820330077027

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Abstract

Another textbook of psychiatry appears on the American book list and another disappointment. This is one more psychobiology with all the wordiness that usually goes into such a product. The usual orthodox categories are described in the usual terms of stress and faulty habits, of constitution and specific attitudes or reaction patterns. The author's language becomes so involved that one can only accuse him of thoroughness to confusion rather than error. When it comes to therapy, which is the real object of discussion, the reader is amazed at the naïveté expressed: "As the discussion reveals specific attitudes or reaction patterns which are in themselves unhealthy and which have contributed to the emotional instability of the patient, the physician enlists the cooperation of the patient in ascertaining the origin of the particular attitude. When the cause, or more usually the causes, are determined, the patient's reactions to the causes is discussed

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