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August 1955

Emotional Problems and What You Can Do About Them.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(2):283. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250130157016

This book is essentially a primer directed to the lay public. It is divided into two major parts, the first dealing with the fundamentals of personal mental hygiene and the second with techniques for meeting specific psychologic emergencies. The author points out many of the signposts of emotional instability and attempts to elaborate constructive criteria related to preventive psychologic measures. The book stresses the negation of detrimental attitudes and places strong emphasis on a positive approach to life situations.

It appears that the only preventive value in the book is the help it may give to people to suspect some emotional difficulty in their present lives. The reviewer fails to see how physicians, clergymen, social workers, or the lay public can derive anything constructive from this book, because of its superficial, yet dogmatic, approach to emotional problems. It seems that the author is feebly attempting to structure a series of

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