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November 10, 1900

A Treatise on Mental Diseases. Based upon the Lecture course at the Johns Hopkins University, 1899, and Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of Medicine

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(19):1228. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460450044021

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The production of a work on mental diseases, especially a comprehensive and elaborate one, is one of the most difficult tasks that any author can take upon himself, and yet there are quite a number who are ready to attempt it. The present volume is the latest addition to the literature in this country on this subject, and is a very worthy one. Dr. Berkley has attempted to give an account of insanity in its various phases, largely in the light of modern neuro-psychology. He, therefore, commences with a rather elaborate, though not too extended, account of the cortical histology and modern views in regard to its mechanism. The special pathology of the nerve elements and other cerebral organs are also duly considered. The clinical section of the work, however, is more developed than is sometimes the case with those who have attempted to discuss the subject of insanity in

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