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June 24, 1944

Case Histories in Abnormal Psychology

JAMA. 1944;125(8):601. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850260075032

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This paper volume, without index, is simply a presentation of approximately 90 cases culled from the work of some twentyfour authors. The case histories are headed with the diagnosis, the type of condition which they describe. The entire material is divided into seven chapters. However, there is no discussion of the case histories, no dynamic consideration of the material. In fact, the work is simply a compilation of case descriptions with a great variation in manner of presentation depending on the source of the material. The function of such a book is extremely questionable. The assemblage of case histories grew out of the author's desire to supply classes in army psychology with a variety of abnormal reaction types. The need of army psychologists for such material when their function is concerned with classification and various aptitude tests is dubious. The author surely does not intend that these psychologists should be

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