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December 9, 1968

Fundamentals of Psychiatry

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JAMA. 1968;206(11):2528. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150110076034

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This second edition is a completely revised book, in content, organization, page format, and type.

Gregory directs his book to medical students and physicians in "other" fields. His aim is to present "practical and systematic" summaries of fundamental knowledge in psychopathology and clinical psychiatry. His orientation is "eclectic, holistic and pragmatic," and I might add, "antipsychoanalytic" as far as therapeutics are concerned.

There are 26 chapters. The early ones cover such topics as history, dynamics, causation, hereditary, biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Following a chapter on interviewing, Marks and Kangas discuss psychological tests. Psychosocial and somatic treatments are taken up, the latter chapter written by Schiele. Roberts has a chapter on preventive psychiatry. Other chapters discuss, among other subjects, psychiatry and the law, neuroses, psychophysiologic disorders, manic-depression, schizophrenia, delinquency, alcoholism and drug addiction, organic brain disorders, and mental retardation.

Although the planning is comprehensive and the result is a