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This very attractively written "handbook" will undoubtedly receive both commendation and criticism and it will be widely read because it treats of a subject ever present in society. Unfortunately, the author's discussion of human behavior would lead a lay reader to the belief that the straightening out of a "nervous breakdown" is a very simple matter. Although the author attempts to disarm criticism by making some sweeping statements about quackery, he himself seems to place psychiatry on a pedestal and to imply that psychiatrists have an open sesame. He says in his preface: "If you cannot find any evidence of
Nervous Breakdown.. Ann Intern Med. 1933;7:534. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-7-4-534_1
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