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October 16, 1943

A Handbook of Psychiatry

JAMA. 1943;123(7):447. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840420059025

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This book is a valuable contribution because of the simplicity of its language and the clearness of its expression. It defines various terms in psychiatry with ease. It does not discuss any controversial issues but contains well proved facts. The book contains sixteen chapters, on normal personality functioning, abnormal behavior, the mental examination, psychometric tests, feeblemindedness, psychopathic personality, psychoneuroses, war psychoneuroses, psychosomatic illnesses, mood disorders, schizophrenia, paranoia and paranoid reactions, delirium and allied conditions, organic brain disorders, general principles of psychiatric therapy and therapeutic aids. The contents are not detailed but they cover briefly the essentials of psychiatry. The authors have used case material from their court records in giving examples of the various diseases in psychiatry. There is a bibliography after each chapter. This book is recommended chiefly for the general practitioner, the nurse and the social worker. There is a definite need for such a book presenting such

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