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July 1932

Prohibiting Minds and the Present Social and Economic Crises.

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By Stewart Paton, M.D., Lecturer on Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Price, $2. Pp. 198. New York: Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., 1932.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;50(1):169. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150140176015

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Although dedicated to the "Therapeutic Club," this is not a medical book but a philosophical essay by an author eminent in biology and psychiatry. It touches on the field of mental hygiene, in which Paton was one of the pioneers, and it is undoubtedly his passion for sane thinking that has driven him to write this book. He deplores present-day squandering of nervous energy and the fast pace that does not give people time to balance their emotional and mental budgets. The people who advocate prohibitions of all kinds are characterized as "neurotics, as feelers not thinkers, who are as unprepared as children to direct the course of events in the political, economic or social world. Whatever does not meet with their approval they try to prohibit. Driven by fear of the past and bewildered by the present state of affairs they are swept off their feet by waves of

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