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April 14, 1945

Synopsis of Neuropsychiatry

JAMA. 1945;127(15):1023. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860150067028

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In the early days of medicine synopses were valuable, since for the medical student disease was a problem of memorizing signs and symptoms. As medicine became dynamic, the value of such books lessened. In the field of psychiatry, synopses have never been of any help to the serious student. It is an anachronism that this year sees the publishing of a new synopsis of neuropsychiatry. Within the span of 472 pages the author attempts to outline the existing knowledge of organic and functional diseases of the nervous system. The work is replete with errors and inaccuracies.

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