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Depressive illness, always prevalent, is a major health problem now on the increase. Despite its ubiquity, the nature of depression is still enigmatic, the nosology is in confusion, and there is little systematized research. Beck's book, the result of 15 years' work with nearly 1,000 psychiatric patients, is needed and welcomed.
In the first two sections Beck examines the symptomatology of depression, its course and prognosis, and the evolution of our concepts. He reviews the biological, psychological, and psychodynamic studies of depression lucidly and without bias. His discussion of depressive symptomatology is clinically valuable. He presents a vivid description of
Depression. Clinical, Experimental, and Theoretical Aspects.. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:502–503. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-68-2-502
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