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April 17, 1948

Practical Clinical Psychiatry

JAMA. 1948;136(16):1071. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890330061033

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This sixth edition of "Practical Clinical Psychiatry" is the best to date published by the authors. There are fourteen chapters starting with personality development and function followed by methods of psychiatric examination, the organic reaction types, toxic psychosis, the affective and schizophrenic reaction types, constitutional psychopathic inferior, paranoid reaction types and paranoia, traumatic reactions, psychoneurosis, psychosomatic medicine and pathologic drinking. The problems of childhood make up the last chapter. The authors are justified in stating that the basic idea of psychosomatic medicine is ancient. Their plea for training of all medical students in psychiatry from the first day of entrance to school should be followed. The chapter on pathologic drinking is excellent, This book is highly recommended to all medical students and practitioners of medicine.

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