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December 16, 1950

Saints, Sinners and Psychiatry

JAMA. 1950;144(16):1412. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920160086035

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Abstract

This book appears to confirm the idea that under the critical eye of the psychiatrist "normal" as applied to behavior of the struggling human race is an adjective tolerated only in honor of tradition. Unlike so many authors in this field, Anderson does not hem and haw in polysyllabic jargon. She says directly what she wants to say, in language easy to understand. Case histories are presented without customary drawn-out discussion; they portray the essentials in one or two paragraphs, without the irrelevant fantasy and romance so frequently encountered in psychiatric reports.

The book presents a novel and sensible interpretation of the dynamics of human behavior. It postulates that behavior is a culmination of psychological structure and function. Structure involves the individual as a personal entity with all the psychological components of a human being striving toward recognition. Function is an expression of these components, and the cumulative result sets

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