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This work originated, as the author indicates in his preface, in the conviction that there was needed a work on psychology treating more particularly than do the ordinary text-books of the abnormal mental activities. How far he has supplied the want will have to be judged by the individual reader who applies it to his experience and observation of these conditions. The idea. however, is a good one and Dr. Mercier is qualified for the task insomuch as he is a skilled alienist as well as a psychologist in the academic signification of the term. Necessarily a considerable portion of the work has only an indirect bearing on the problem suggested above. The first part of the book is taken up with a discussion of the theories and modes of reasoning, and it is only when the author has entered upon the subject of belief, probability, etc., that the direct
Psychology, Normal and Morbid. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(5):268–269. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480310036018
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