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December 1948

Psychobiology and Psychiatry: A Textbook of Normal and Abnormal Human Behavior.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;82(6):628-629. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220290112015

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The second edition of this book is disappointing in many ways, most particularly because it falls short of its purpose, which is to present an eclectic approach to and an explanation of the problems of psychiatry. Even so, it is the most complete textbook statement of the many important contributions made to psychiatry by Dr. Adolf Meyer and his students. The disappointments arise from omissions, condensations, misplaced emphasis and elaboration of details tangential to the truly pertinent data of psychiatry.

The contents constitute three rather distinct monographs. Part I, "Psychobiology—The Study of Normal Behavior," is presented in four chapters. It contains an outline of the Meyerian assessement of personality, and it is essentially a descriptive and an evaluative analysis of behavioristic phenomena. As an outline of a clinical inquiry into the resources of the total human personality, its growth, development and maturation, it is necessarily abbreviated and condensed. Although it

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