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June 1939

A Biological Approach to the Problem of Abnormal Behavior.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(6):1238. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180230223024

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The importance of the psychologic element in disease is being more and more emphasized and rightly so. Every physician soon learns that the majority of his patients have no gross anatomic lesion; they suffer because of an abnormal reaction to a situation which either is entirely environmental or perhaps has some slight physical basis. A good many books have appeared recently dealing with the problems of disease from this standpoint, of which this is one. The reviewer does not feel qualified to criticize the soundness of this particular writer's point of view, but the book is interesting; and thinking along these lines is undoubtedly profitable for every physician who seeks to go beyond the old approach of explaining his patients' troubles in terms of morbid anatomy.

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