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November 1927

The Psychology of Mental Disorders.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;40(5):741. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130110171018

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This book is written primarily for intelligent, nonmedical readers and aims to give the main facts about mental disease. The author says that the publicity given to physical diseases has, in large part, done away with many of the misconceptions regarding such matters as diet, infectious diseases, tuberculosis, cancer and the like, and adds: "Partly because psychiatry as a branch of medicine has not achieved the scientific status of the other specialties, partly because the treatment of mental diseases is far from satisfactory, the program called mental hygiene has lagged behind in results and in organization, though much valiant work is being done in this direction. It is the province of this book to dispel, insofar as I am capable of doing so, some of the popular ignorance on this subject." He points out that the term insanity is legal and arbitrary, and divides the mental diseases in two main

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