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May 1944

Synopsis of Neuropsy chiatry.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1944;73(5):431. doi:10.1001/archinte.1944.00210170068013

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The purpose of the author of this book appears to have been to collect the important contributions of the various schools of psychiatric nosology and therapy. An eclectic approach of this type to a subject as important as psychiatry is worthy but difficult, unless one shows more unusual powers of discrimination than is suggested by the hodgepodge contained in these pages.

The section on neurology offers little advantage in time saving over a standard text and has the disadvantage of any synopsis in that it handles inadequately the more complex syndromes. The part on mental disorders inadequately describes the various forms of mental illness and the terminology used for them. Instead the pet terminology, reaction type of subdivisions, and so forth, of various contemporary psychiatrists receive rather more recognition than is necessary. The frequent use of slang seems to this reviewer to have little place in a work of this

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