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April 29, 1939

Essentials of Psychiatry

JAMA. 1939;112(17):1756. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800170102034

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Dr. Henry's excellent textbook has been considerably enlarged since its original appearance. Naturally the chapters dealing with the psychoses constitute the largest part. Borderline conditions cannot be dealt with in a book of this size. Perhaps more space is given to the topic of organic psychoses than is usually the case, but the matter is properly treated. The psychoneuroses are given a good deal of discussion. There is an excellent chapter on the method and purpose of mental examination, and a short but fairly good one on principles of treatment. Chapters on psychiatric nursing and psychopathology of the normal are included; those dealing with mental hygiene and disorders of childhood are perhaps too brief. Psychiatric social service work and the medicolegal aspects of psychiatry are touched on, and the final chapter deals with psychiatric history, a subject which perhaps is too sketchily dealt with here but is unfortunately almost entirely

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