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March 31, 1951

You're Human, Too

JAMA. 1951;145(13):1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920310075032

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Excellent general advice is concentrated in the first chapter, which deals with neurotics, but it is also generously scattered throughout the book. The author, with her background of experience in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, writes with assurance and clarity, and the genesis of neuroses is described in terms that can be readily appreciated by the average layman.

That seeds of murder are within all persons, just as are the seeds of so many other types of conduct that are classified as antisocial, is demonstrated in the second chapter. Similar treatment is accorded subjects such as suicide, homosexuality, gambling, stuttering and alcoholism. Especially appropriate is a chapter dealing with the three words revolutionary, reactionary and liberal, which are applied so casually and carelessly today. There is an illuminating discussion of politicians in another chapter. In the final chapter the author points out how extremely abnormal "normal" man may be. She shows

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