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October 1972

Behavioral Science: A Selective View.

Arch Neurol. 1972;27(4):365. doi:10.1001/archneur.1972.00490160093022

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The authors have sandwiched traditional views of the psychoanalytic theory of the neuroses between some introductory chapters on neurobiology and some concluding chapters on social determinance of behavior. The result is an uneven blend of animal experiment, psychiatric speculation, and at least partly validated sociology. Perhaps this is the best one can do with the state of the art at the moment, although the neurologist is disappointed to see so little attention given to the available data on correlating human neuropathology with human behavior or to any kind of empirical validation to the various psychiatric dicta that are served up. It is hard to believe that material of this type provides a "basic science" equivalent to the physiology, biochemistry, and pathology that medical students receive in other fields. However, the purpose of the volume is to serve as a text for such a course.

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