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September 4, 1943

Introduction to Psychiatry

JAMA. 1943;123(1):65. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840360067038

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This work, by the senior physician and the instructor of nurses of a large state hospital, offers an excellent introduction to psychiatry for nurses, nursing attendants and others having to do with the care of mentally ill in institutional settings. It is a very practical work, attempting to make clear just what a nurse or attendant will encounter in a hospital setting. The meaning of the situation to the patient, care of the patient and the handling of special problems, such as destructiveness, suicidal attempt and aggressiveness toward others, are discussed. Psychiatric disorders with illustrative cases are outlined. Chapters on legal considerations and on prevention of mental disorders round out the discussion. The book meets excellently the purpose for which it was written. It is much too elementary and sketchy to be useful to the student of medicine, but the introductory material it offers is sound and could well be

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