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September 16, 1939

Outline of Psychiatric Case-Study: A Practical Handbook

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1157. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370073041

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This is a small volume intended to give the physician a comprehensive yet practical means of making a psychiatric examination. It is an improvement on the older manuals such as the manual of Cheney and is devised to present primarily an outline which the inexperienced psychiatrist can follow provided he is given guidance, definition of terms and advice about what the various symptoms and signs into which he is looking mean. The construction of this guide is substantially what one would expect; namely, about half of it is devoted to an outline of psychiatric history taking and the other half an outline of the mental examination. The paragraphs are brief, there is much abbreviation, and in a number of places words are inserted in lieu of extended explanations. In such a case it is obvious, of course, that the beginner or the nonpsychiatrically trained person would be obliged to have

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