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July 12, 1952

Psychiatry in General Practice

JAMA. 1952;149(11):1077. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930280099036

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To quote its foreword, this little book was "written... by general practitioners for general practitioners," and, it may be stated forthwith, the volume serves its purpose admirably. A specialist may, of course, cavil at the oversanguine naïveté expressed in statements such as (page 5) "The average time spent on [the cure of] a neurotic is about three hours"; (page 12) "50-5 per cent of suitable psychiatric cases can be expected to recover completely and cease to be (sic) a burden on the general practitioner"; or the table on page 10 that neatly lists the "causes of anxiety" as follows: "frustration, 45 per cent, insecurity 35 per cent, sexual problems 16 per cent, guilt feelings, 4 per cent." Even more misleading is the assertion (page 162) that "Many hysterics have a low I.Q. and their inferior intelligence renders them inadequate when the stress and strain of life becomes too great," or

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