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November 1951

The Neuroses: Diagnosis and Management of Functional Disorders and Minor Psychoses

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;46(5):600. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700020613021

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The author states that he has written this book for the young physician who desires instruction in the diagnosis and treatment of functional troubles. It would be difficult to imagine any practicing physician who would not find much of value in this interesting, instructive, and easily readable book.

Specifically, Dr. Alvarez gives many hints and practical suggestions for the diagnosis of the neuroses and psychoses. The causes of nervous imbalance and neuroses are discussed. Personality types and their related syndromes are explained. The chapters on treatment display a philosophy in medicine which is frequently overlooked in teaching in this busy day of laboratory tests and roentgenograms.

There is only a small portion of the book devoted to psychosomatic symptoms seen by the ophthalmologist, but it would be a mistake to feel that the value to the ophthalmologist stops here. Any doctor who treats patients will find specific items of interest

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