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August 5, 1950

Psycho-Analysis: A Handbook for Medical Practitioners and Students of Comparative Psychology

JAMA. 1950;143(14):1294. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910490072039

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This is a systematic account of psychoanalysis and psychiatric theory set in handbook form for general medical practicioners, psychiatrists and other students of psychiatry and comparative psychology. The author has developed the presentation of psychiatric theory beyond descriptions of his first edition and has brought the history of psychoanalysis up to date.

The impact of wartime psychiatry is mentioned. Comments are made on the wartime tendency toward a reaction in favor of the more superficial preconscious factors in mental disorders. The author lays stress on the influence of psychobiologic development of both normal and abnormal manifestations and draws close parallels between stages of infantile mental organization and the adult disorders which spring from abnormalities in mental development. Controversial views as far as possible have been omitted.

An extensive glossary of psychiatric terms and a list of recommended books for additional student reading are appended.

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