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December 21, 1940

Psychiatry for Nurses

JAMA. 1940;115(25):2205-2206. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810510081042

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This book presents psychiatry "with an eye to the peculiar needs of the nursing school of today." In its twenty-nine brief chapters it offers first a historical review of the subject, then the structure and mechanism of the personality, taking up the classification of mental diseases and the examination and management of patients. More detailed consideration is given in later chapters to the specific types of mental disease and to an outline of the various therapies now in vogue. The practical approach to the psychiatric patient is ably described and the theoretical aspects of psychiatry are brought into clear view. Brevity may account for certain omissions and may permit certain biased statements to creep in. For example, there is disapproval of psychoanalytic therapy without the credit given for the value of psychoanalysis as a key to psychiatric knowledge. Again, in the discussion on the treatment of epilepsy, large doses of

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