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July 20, 1957

A Text-Book of Psychiatry for Students and Practitioners

JAMA. 1957;164(12):1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980120117029

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This new edition of a textbook first published in 1927 is a useful revision of what has come to be recognized as a standard reference work in psychiatry. A new collaborator, Dr. Ivor R. C. Batchelor, assisted with this revision. The present volume has been much improved and modernized by a rewriting of the section on etiological problems. Also, the material concerned with heredity, eugenics, alcoholism, epilepsy, and psychosomatic illness has been brought up to date. A chapter on special methods of physical treatment considers insulin therapy, convulsive therapy, leukotomy, continuous narcosis, and narcoanalysis. Unfortunately, the discussion of the newer psychopharmacological agents is inadequate, but perhaps this field is advancing too rapidly for up-to-date coverage in a textbook. Familial galactosemia is not discussed in the section on mental defect, nor is progressive lenticular degeneration (Wilson's disease). The section on epilepsy is excellent. The chapter on parnoia and paranoid states clarifies

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