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February 18, 1905

Text-Book of Insanity Based on Clinical Observations, for Practitioners and Students of Medicine.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(7):562-563. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500340050018

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Those who have had the rare pleasure of listening to Krafft-Ebing's remarkably clear exposition of psychiatric types and later have drawn from the clinical riches of his text-book will rejoice that readers of English are to be introduced to this great descriptive writer. For many years his work has been a standard text-book and nowhere are to be found better word pictures of the various symptom-groups of insanity. It is essentially clinical. Even the 230 pages on the "General Pathology and Therapy of Insanity" are practical, the matter evidently being the product of experience with insane people. Krafft-Ebing has shown neither the analytic nor synthetic power of Kraepelin, but no writer has known better how to put the reader in the place of one who visits an asylum, sees the faces of the patients, observes their acts, hears their talk and then follows their course day by day. Indeed, there

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