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August 27, 1949

Modern Trends in Psychological Medicine, 1948

JAMA. 1949;140(17):1370. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900520056034

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In nineteen comprehensive chapters here is a presentation of the present status of psychiatry and what we may expect of it. The editor and the several authors are outstanding. Only one chapter deals with a nosologic group; that one is on psychopathic personality, and it leaves something to be desired in its failure to recognize some of the psychodynamic contributions of Karpman and Maughs, for instance. The other chapters deal with psychosomatic medicine, the physiology of emotions, causative factors in mental disturbances, electrophysiology, diagnostic measures, child guidance, marriage and family life, group therapy, psychotherapy, physical treatment, personnel selection, rehabilitation, mental hygiene in industry and the relation of psychiatric medicine to world affairs. The approach throughout is broad; the doctrinaire attitude is conspicuous by its absence.

The chapters are carefully prepared, and each is followed by a bibliography. The printing is excellent, and there are twenty-five illustrations. The volume is an

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