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July 25, 1931

Handbuch der Geisteskrankheiten.

JAMA. 1931;97(4):272. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730040054042

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This volume is edited by Spielmeyer and is written by the foremost neuropathologists of Germany. It is a remarkable summarization of the present knowledge of the pathologic entities included under the headings of intoxication, infection, encephalitis, multiple sclerosis, brain trauma, syphilis, dementia paralytica, arteriosclerosis, senile dementia, Pick's disease, epilepsy, dementia praecox, idiocy and extrapyramidal disease. Most of the authors have been students of Spielmeyer, so that the whole book is written with the carefulness of scientists and yet with the broad outlook that has characterized all Spielmeyer's work. It can truthfully be said that no other work has such an accumulation of facts concerning each subject. It well behooves psychiatrists and psychoanalysts to study this volume concerning the anatomy of the psychoses before concluding that the methods of anatomy as far as the psychoses are concerned are entirely bankrupt.

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