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July 26, 1902

A Text-Book of Insanity.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):213. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480300037019

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Anything that comes from Dr. Mercier's hands may be counted a valuable contribution. In many respects this is a most excellent little manual for the student and beginner, and it has certain original features which make it specially notable. The author divides his book first into what he calls the institutes of insanity, covering the definition, analysis of the general symptoms of mental derangement and the causes of insanity, and follows this with a description of the different forms. He has his own arrangement, of which perhaps the most striking feature at first sight is his inclusion under acute insanity of all suddenly occurring and acquired forms alike, the maniacal, melancholic, acutely suicidal, etc. Stupor is separately considered. The author's psychologic views in some respects are peculiar. He is a utilitarian moralist to the extreme. His definition of morality is not, we believe, to be followed nor has it a

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