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October 29, 1938

Psychiatrie: Médicale, physiologique et expérimentale: Séméiologie— thérapeutique

JAMA. 1938;111(18):1690. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790440084041

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This is not a textbook of psychiatry but a long personal report of the author's researches, his interpretations of the psychoses and his methods of treatment and, finally, remarks on the organization of psychopathic hospitals, particularly the National Hospital at Charenton, France, of which he is the physician in chief. Baruk has done extensive work on catatonia, psychoses with brain tumors and experimental convulsions. These and other papers appear in the first part of this volume. Then follow clinical cases from his wards, with methods of study and treatment. In the latter part of the book historical material is introduced, particularly on Royer-Collard, Bayle, Esquirol and other French psychiatrists who have worked at Charenton. Finally, the author gives some details regarding hospital administration. The book is well written and illustrated. The volume should be read by all physicians caring for patients with mental disorders. The account of Charenton will be

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