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April 26, 1902

A Practical Manual of Insanity. For the Student and General Practitioner.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(17):1093. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480170047016

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The average physician is only incidentally interested in the controversial questions relating to psychiatry; what he needs and asks for is practical information for every-day practice, something to help him solve the problems of managing these unhappy cases. The book before us is an attempt to supply this need and to give this help. It is not intended for the alienist or for those who want an exhaustive treatise on insanity. It is a practical presentation of the subject for practical use. While it is not encumbered with controversial matters or padded with a lot of theories it is sufficiently full and complete to meet every need. Dogmatic assertions are avoided and, when disputed points are considered, the views of others are given as well as those of the authors. The classification of insanity is a stumbling block to most authors of works on the subject. It is impossible to

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