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January 1964

Personality Development and Psychopathology: A Dynamic Approach.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(1):98. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720190100020

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The author, a distinguished psychologist and psychiatrist now a professor at the Institute of Human Relations at Yale University, has performed an incredible task in authoring this book. The writing is delightful to read—easily understandable and smooth. There is a minimum of technical jargon, and, when special terms are used, they are clearly explained immediately. The type is easy on the eye, and the text is well demarcated with appropriate bold-faced subheadings. There are extensive name and subject indices and a detailed bibliography in the form of footnotes with, however, many disconcerting repetitions.

The contents of the 22 chapters may be roughly divided into personality development, psychodynamic principles, syndromes (reactions) and therapy. The author's frame of reference is a combination of "psychobiology" and psychoanalysis with the latter predominating. Although current psychoanalytic theory is stressed, Cameron raises many significant questions which remain unanswered.

Since this is a textbook long needed

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