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August 20, 1932

Essentials of Psychiatry.

JAMA. 1932;99(8):679. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740600071037

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In the comparatively small bulk of this volume the author has endeavored to present not only descriptions and case reports of the psychoses and psychoneuroses and their treatment but also personality development, child guidance, mental hygiene, psychopathology of the normal, the various forms of psychoanalysis and, in addition, psychiatric nursing and social service. The natural consequence is that the presentation is summary and dogmatic and tends to make the problems appear far more simple than they really are. The material is carefully selected and formally sound and has been put together in probably as good a form as is possible in view of the enormous ground covered. The danger is that it will leave the impression with the reader that he knows all there is to know about psychiatry. The author evidently recognizes the danger of oversimplicity and in the introduction cautions the reader to make use of the references