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December 30, 1893

Man an Organic Community;

JAMA. 1893;XXI(27):1016-1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420790024018

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This book is an elaborate presentation of the author's views on the origin and nature of the human personality; the phylogenic stages, the phylogenic sexual forms; the coördination of faculties and functions. The forms of mental and organic coördination as shown in the normal forms, i. e., the active wakeful state; the state of quiescent repose; the state of reverie; the dream state; the state of somnambulism; and induced mental and physical states. The abnormal discoördinate states are then fully and exhaustively considered and the whole concludes with an exhaustive bibliography. As a scientific treatise it is exhaustive and complete, and the theories advanced of some of the complex phenomena discussed are entertaining and plausible. At all points the author rather successfuliy brings forward observed facts to sustain his conclusions, and some well-known facts receive a new illumination from the author's method of treatment.

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