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October 7, 1905

Manual of Psychiatry.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(15):1103. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510150067025

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To put all of modern psychiatry into a little manual of 350 pages is obviously impossible. A reasonably full handbook would have to be at least twice as large. But given this limit, it is hard to see how the author could have done better. He surely has the art of the text-book writer. That is, he has that peculiar sense of proportion which enables him to select from the immense mass of the known what is essential and what is important, and he knows how to present his matter simply and clearly. The defects of the work are those inherent in brevity; First, paucity of detail and lack of exceptions; second, absence of adequate discussion of unsettled questions (and in psychiatry their name is legion); third, unwarranted dogmatism of statement or want of qualification.

These defects granted, the book is a thoroughly commendable one; an excellent text-book for students

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