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February 1971

Modern Psychopathology.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(2):193-194. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750080097021

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This is an engrossingly written book which admirably succeeds in achieving its three major goals: an excellent basic textbook has emerged, a masterful synthesis and critique of new information has been compiled, and an imaginative reorganization of nosology has been undertaken. Modern Psychopathology was originally begun as a textbook of abnormal psychology. As the book took shape a scholarly exposition became a bold attempt not only to teach but to proselytize. Suffice it to say I feel both taught and to a surprising extent poselytized. The body of the text provides the reader with an eclectic survey of all aspects of psychopathology, but the cornerstone of this book is in the organization of psychopathological syndromes into an easily comprehensible system.

Hippocrates described diseases in terms of disordered systems such as pneumonia and dysentery. With the pioneering work of scientists such as Virchow, Pasteur,

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