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November 3, 1956

Allgemeine Theorie der menschlichen Haltung und Bewegung als Verbindung und Gegenüberstellung von physiologischer und psychologischer Betrachtungsweise

JAMA. 1956;162(10):1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970270078036

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This book, competently translated from the Dutch, reflects the author's thorough knowledge of physiology, psychology, and philosophy. He endeavors to give the theoretical foundation of the movements and postures as purposeful acts; and, though he emphasizes the merits of the Gestalt theory, he shows that the traditional physiological and psychological investigations do not provide an adequate explanation. In addition to an analysis of various types of voluntary and reflex movements, the author discusses, in a fascinating chapter, the facial expressions. A section on the genesis of human movements, which stresses also the learning processes, and one on the sex and age differences of movements conclude this informative and challenging book. The author's phenomenological analysis of the movements and his discussion of the relevant physiological, psychological, and clinical literature should make fascinating reading for physiologists and neurologists. His holistic approach to the problem of human behavior is related to that of

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