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October 16, 1948

Modern Clinical Psychiatry

JAMA. 1948;138(7):540. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900070072039

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The present volume represents the third edition of Dr. Noyes' textbook of modern psychiatry. Probably the principal criticism of this work is the repeated introduction of theoretic concepts that have proved themselves inaccurate and therefore worthless. A sound school of psychiatry is the school which attempts to understand and reconstruct the dynamic mechanisms underlying personality development, both normal and abnormal. Apparently Dr. Noyes is not in complete agreement with this concept. One wishes that he had been more specific in presenting modern progress as developed during and since the last war. With the exception of the foregoing criticisms this is a good textbook. There is a reasonably good bibliography which the student is urged to use.

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