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The author devotes the 454 pages of text to the establishment of two theses: (1) That the most useful view of behavior is purely mechanistic; and (2) that psychoanalytic theory is inadequate. Both theses are tenable and it is no doubt justifiable to attempt to prove both, except that both tasks have been executed much better elsewhere. Perhaps the author's error lies in trying to think in two directions at once. Perhaps it lies in inadequate preparation for the effort. At any rate, one finds him arguing almost entirely from analogy instead of demonstrations within the field of the material
A Biological Approach to the Problem of Abnormal Behavior.. Ann Intern Med. ;13:1756. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-9-1756_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;13(9):1756.
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