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This book, translated from the fourth German edition, is primarily a textbook for students and general practitioners, covering the general field of psychiatry.
The book is written from the viewpoint of psychodynamic psychiatry, the author having been one of the first well-known psychiatrists to apply the teachings of Freud. This volume stresses the need for a thorough understanding of normal psychology and general psychopathology, in order to provide a comprehensive basis for an understanding of the separate psychiatric entities.
In his consideration of the individual mental disorders, the author tends to follow the descriptive Kraepelinian classification. This differs considerably from the classification of mental disease, recently developed by the American Psychiatric Association, which appears in the fourth edition of "Standard Nomenclature of Diseases and Operations." The latter classification places greater stress on the functional aspects of diagnoses in mental disease.
This book is valuable to the student as an introduction
Textbook of Psychiatry. JAMA. 1952;149(2):209. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190111043
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