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Dr. Menninger has produced a solid yet readable book, and the profusion of brief case histories, graphically presented, will undoubtedly appeal to the lay reader. Just what, if any, purpose is served, however, by attempting to initiate the general public into the mysteries of psychiatry is another question. Had Pope lived today, he surely would have had this question in mind when he warned: "Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring." Every one knows that the newspaper reader promptly worries about having all the symptoms enumerated in the patent medicine advertisements; may not a similar and perhaps more serious disturbance result from reading popular psychiatry?
The Human Mind. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(3):546. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180140193022
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