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June 8, 1907

Text-Book of Psychiatry. A Psychologic Study of Insanity for Practitioners and Students.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(23):1975-1976. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520490067025

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This translation of Professor Mendel's work on insanity is a welcome addition to our rapidly growing literature on the subject. The author has long held a high rank and his views carry weight. The plan of the work fits it to be a student's handbook for the clinics, to enable him to interpret what he can observe in actual experience in his studies of insanity. Professor Mendel does not follow in all respects the views of the predominant German school of the day, but his conservatism is based on experience, and we do not think it altogether a drawback to the usefulness of the work. His classification of the psychoses may not be wholly free from objection, but it will enable the physician to diagnose most cases and to obtain a somewhat better understanding of the clinical significance of isolated cases. He thinks that the rather too comprehensive groupings of

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