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December 1968

Disordered Behavior: Basic Concepts in Clinical Psychiatry.

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Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(6):542. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300100076021

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To encompass the subject of "Disordered Behavior" within 214 pages is a difficult task and one in which Eric Pfeiffer has, for the most part, succeeded admirably. He states, "This book is not a textbook in the usual sense of the word. The major themes and clinical syndromes in psychiatry are presented, but no attempt has been made to be encyclopedic." The work is, rather, a synthesis of many theoretical positions in modern psychiatry, especially the attitudes of Freud, Erikson, and Sullivan, as they apply to clinical practices. The presentation is lucid and useful in its ability to relate practice and theory.

Quite properly, the author has avoided taking extreme positions in most instances. This reviewer finds, however, that the section on treatment of affective disorders emphasizes unduly the position of electroconvulsive therapy in depressive illnesses. The brief section on antidepressive drugs is an excellent summary of current experiences

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