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September 29, 1945

Modern Psychiatry

JAMA. 1945;129(5):415. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860390101027

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The author begins his book on psychiatry with a long section on personality problems. This is followed by chapters on the psychoneuroses, the psychoses and finally on therapeutics. Thus the approach in this book is distinctly modern, for the descriptive accounts of the various psychoses as seen in the clinic or hospital occupies only a small part of the volume. This is a distinctly individual work, reflecting the author's interest in what he terms "personology." Dr. Sadler places before the general practitioner of medicine, as well as before specialists and psychiatrists, the problems of personality and maladjustment as seen in many "normal" persons. The psychoneuroses and the psychoses are given secondary consideration. In putting the material in this order he emphasizes the larger aspects of psychiatry and minimizes the field of the custodial care of psychotic persons. The book offers a sound approach to psychiatry in general but the text

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