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May 1937

Theory and Practice of Psychiatry.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(5):930. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170210173015

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Dr. Sadler gives an excellent and comprehensive discussion of his subject without going to extremes. He rides no special hobby, shows no signs of psychiatric "cultism" and evolves no new philosophy. On running through this excellent compendium, the reviewer (who is not a professional psychiatrist) is impressed anew, however, with the difficulties of the whole subject. The psychiatrist of the modern school tends to state in technical and often incomprehensible terms what is fairly obvious to any one dealing with patients; one is consumed by the heat but obtains little light. A feeling becomes uppermost that perhaps methods of case finding and classification have outrun useful therapy. After all, the constitutional basis must be paramount in most of the unhappy persons who drift into the psychiatrist's net, and, while the writer does not mimimize this fact, he dismisses it in a relatively brief section.

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