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August 14, 1937

Modern Discoveries in Medical Psychology

JAMA. 1937;109(7):531-532. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780330059040

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This is an excellent account of the development of medical psychology from Mesmer to Pavlov. The work of these two investigators and that of Janet, Morton Prince, Freud, Adler, Jung and Kretschmer is considered at length, with a complete review of their publications and an estimate of the worth of their work. Short bibliographies are given at the end of each chapter. The book is written in a clear, readable manner and seems to be tnhe best historical account of this field of medicine that has appeared in English. Although leaning toward the side of psychoanalysis, the author is extremely fair minded and points out the value of the work of others besides the great contributions of Freud. The one lack is a general final chapter, which is needed to summarize the entire book. The volume may be safely put in the hands of a medical student or a general

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