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March 1970

Clinical Psychological Tests in Psychiatric and Medical Practice.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;22(3):285-286. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01740270093012

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Dr. Gilbert has written a book on psychological tests and testing that is comprehensive, lucid, and eminently readable. He has also given the professional public a much needed counterweight to the presently fashionable and too often ill-considered criticism leveled against psychological testing in general and projective techniques in particular. It is refreshing to see the healthy mixture of clinical acumen and objective criticality with which he has approached his task; he has successfully integrated a patient-centered orientation with the nomenclature of pathology and the technicalities of the testing instruments.

He introduces the book as a "pragmatic manua. . . acquaint members of the medical and other professions with the basic premises, techniques, and devices of clinical psychological testing . . ." But in reality, he has far surpassed this modest aim. The book ought to become a standard text in the training of future clinical psychologists, and its level

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