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August 1969

Mind As a Tissue.

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Aldershot, England

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(2):253. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300180125030

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Medical scientists have never really accepted with any great enthusiasm the usual philosophical concepts of mind with their vagueness of definition and intrinsic resistance to accurate observation and measurement. This well-produced book, described by Braceland in his own outstanding contribution as "a volume of brilliant dissertations by some of the nation's most outstanding scientists" will bring some solace to the physician with a mechanistic approach to the problems of human behavior, mood, and thought.

It brings together in an impressively concise form most of the important facts and theories concerned with the major disciplines of molecular neurobiology and the behavioral and neural sciences. Such material is not easily or rapidly assimilated by the busy practitioner. But it would be presumptuous to criticize (on minor considerations) a work which is a stimulating and longoverdue source book for any psychiatrist engaged in clinical research.

The chapters on psychopharmacology and biophysiology in the

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