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April 21, 1900

Clinical Studies in Vice and Insanity.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(16):1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460160061025

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Most works on mental diseases have a certain interest in their clinical histories, but there are very few in which the accounts of cases are written more racily or entertainingly than in this. The book is made up chiefly of the accounts of some twenty-seven cases of alcoholism or alcoholic insanity and other forms of mental disease in which the moral sense is more or less involved in the general aberration. The author introduces it as usual with certain general chapters on the pathology of drunkenness, etc., but they occupy only some fifty out of over 200 pages. The book is also quite instructive as to methods and management, and the author is evidently a man of experience and judgment in the handling of these cases. He does not make any attempt to classify them; in fact he does not believe in the classification of insanity, and some of the

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