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August 9, 1952

Living in Balance

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By Frank S. Caprio, M.D. Cloth. $3.75. Pp. 246. Arundel Press, Inc., P. O. Box 2606, Washington 13, D. C., 1951.

JAMA. 1952;149(15):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930320069033

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Dr. Caprio, in the preface to his book, states that "one of its purposes is to show how nervous breakdowns can be prevented... to teach the reader to achieve better living through better thinking." In a good measure he has succeeded. His style and arrangement is particularly designed to capture the interest of a large group of persons who, knowing little or nothing of the workings of the human mind, wish to learn how mental and nervous illness begins and what can be done about it. Some of Dr. Caprio's concepts and formulations are open to argument, but, generally, he has lucidly and simply discussed, in everyday language, the basic principles that reflect the attitude of presentday psychiatry. The chapter on self-analysis through dream interpretation might well have been omitted.

The chapters on marital situations, sex, fear, alcoholism, and neurotic reactions are written in a manner that will stimulate interest

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