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November 10, 1945

Textbook of Abnormal Psychology

JAMA. 1945;129(11):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860450061023

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This is an improved edition of a remarkably good textbook on abnormal psychology. Such books are usually written for college (nonmedical) students, and most of them, though accurate, are insufficiently detailed to give the undergraduate college student a good idea of the behavior of persons who are suffering from a mental disease or who are having abnormal mental experiences. One must perforce think of academic psychology, including the psychology of the abnormal, as bearing the same relationship to psychiatry that college physiology and hygiene bear to general medicine. A knowledge of these basic sciences is useful to the layman in enabling him to comprehend what is going on when mental or physical ailments occur in persons whose health has some bearing on his own adjustment to life. In view of this, basic books on either abnormal psychology or hygiene must be sufficiently complete to serve their purpose yet must stop

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