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September 8, 1917

Mental Adjustments.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(10):844-845. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590370080041

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In his preface, the author says, "To the individual, better self-understanding means better self-control, and wiser ordering of one's actions along the normal paths of happiness." He might have added that better self-understanding means better understanding of others; and understanding others is no inconsiderable part of the task of the physician. The book is a delightful presentation of some of the more recently acquired knowledge of ourselves. As Professor Jastrow says in the introduction, "Life remains a struggle and a conflict," but the original simplicity has long since departed. It is now intricately complex. Modern psychology has contributed much to our knowledge of the psychic and especially the affective factor in this complex struggle. The book deals with this factor, and because of its quality is a real contribution to the psychology of our daily life. In no sense is it a medical textbook, but any physician who is not

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