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September 8, 1951

A Few Buttons Missing: The Case Book of a Psychiatrist

JAMA. 1951;147(2):204. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190104045

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This book is an informal presentation of the life and problems of a psychiatrist in 50 years of psychiatric practice. The book appears to have been written primarily for the laity in an attempt to divorce psychiatry from the aura of confusion and mysticism that it bears in the thinking of the average man.

The authors have illustrated their chapters throughout with selected anecdotes of a humorous and instructive nature, taken from actual patient experiences. Most of the material presented is autobiographical, concerning the personal experiences of one of the authors, Dr. Fisher, who graduated from Harvard in 1886 and entered practice in Los Angeles in 1904. Earlier, he had studied psychiatry in many of the capital cities of Europe during the developmental period of Freudian psychoanalysis.

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