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August 27, 1932

Lectures on Psychiatry.

JAMA. 1932;99(9):781. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740610079032

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As the author states in his preface, the lectures on psychiatry are theoretical lectures. The individual mental diseases and their etiology, prognosis and therapeutics are touched on either not at all or only incidentally. The lectures are to a great extent studies in psychopathology and were delivered at the University at Groningen, where Dr. Wiersma occupied the chair of neurology and psychiatry for more than thirty years. Believing that neurology and psychiatry are two closely related subjects, the author is not in favor of having these subjects taught by different teachers. He fears that such a division of the two subjects may give a too one-sided development toward the neurologic or psychiatric side. With only a passing review of the teachings of Freud, Adler and Young, the organic basis of abnormal mental reactions is studied in extenso. In chapter I the intimate connection between the phenomena of consciousness and material