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March 2, 1935

Human Values in Psychological Medicine

JAMA. 1935;104(9):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760090079040

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This volume is an unusual one to find in a medical collection. While its title would indicate that it treats of psychiatric matters, it is necessary to wait until one reaches the last three of the ten chapters before anything distinctly psychiatric is obtained. By use of quotations from philosophic, biologic and psychoanalytic literature, taking matters from miscellaneous sources without a great deal of self criticism, the author has derived a theory which postulates that human capacity and human reactions are largely based on the values which the biologic entity places on life. These values may be distinct from what are called facts yet serve a biologic purpose. They are often esthetic in nature. Case histories and experiments have no place in the presentation, but the author can justify the fact that he applies his theory to psychologic medicine by pointing out that it is the presence of abnormal values

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