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October 9, 1948

Life is for Living

JAMA. 1948;138(6):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900060068043

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The trend toward writing interpretive books for lay people continues. However, the quality of many of these works is so poor that the lay reader becomes more confused than settled in his thinking. Dr. Cameron apparently is the newest aspirant to attempt to climb the bandwagon of popular psychiatric works. His title is intriguing, but his material is disappointing. He states that he has written a book for those of us who are trying to grope our way through the confusions and contradictory absurdities, the moral dangers and the psychologic pestilences of midcentury living. The organization of the book is in itself confusing, because there seems to be no planned continuity in the development of his concepts. At certain points the text is even incoherent. He raises many questions and then goes off into rambling, philosophical answers which could not satisfy even the most learned seeker for stability. The author

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