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December 31, 1932

Pastoral Psychiatry and Mental Health.

JAMA. 1932;99(27):2288. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740790058037

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The author of this book states that it is "addressed to clergymen, seminary students and social workers; in fact, to any person without definite medical experience." Because it is not addressed to him it should not deter the physician from reading it. With the exception of the first and last chapters, the book is an excellent popular outline of facts of modern clinical psychiatry. It is not written with the idea of any particular school of therapy in mind and is succinct and interesting. The author is known for his well written novels which have a psychiatric turn. One of these, Victim and Victor, is said to have been considered for the Pulitzer prize. The present book covers the commoner psychoses adequately, giving a pictoral description of each one in such a way that the layman can visualize it. The details are not so full that the reader will be

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