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The book is composed largely of psychopathology from its purely descriptive point of view. The author has collected some very interesting case material which he has presented from the standpoint of objective observations. This feature is excellent; the cases are presented concisely and interestingly. The author is particularly to be commended for his remarkable facility of exposition.
Aside from the aspect of descriptive psychiatry the book remains entirely superficial. As etiological factors in the production of mental disorder the author leans extremely to the position of "stress reactions," detailing specifically such items as broken engagements, divorce, bereavement, illness, pregnancy, childbirth,
The Troubled Mind.. Ann Intern Med. 1938;12:565. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-4-565_1
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