PSYCHIATRY AND COMMON SENSE by C. S. Bluemel

PSYCHIATRY AND COMMON SENSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book is directed to the informed layman. It may help as well the general physician who comes into contact with people whose organization is defective. In it a psychiatrist presents an over-all view of the disorders to which psychiatry applies. He writes in terms of dis-organization and non-organization of the personality, inborn and acquired responses, high and low tolerance to the events of living. He considers the physical symptoms of the psychoneurotic in detail and describes emotional disorders including psychoses, alcoholism, the psychopathic personality. The last part of the book is devoted to the concept of reorganization of personality in general terms applied to the needs of the individual in society. Clearly stated, with the terminology explained, this concerns itself more with the actualities of illness than with the causes behind the defective organization. For instance, while psychoanalysis is mentioned as a therapy, there is no definite reference to psychoanalytic theory or theorists. There is little discussion of the personality aside from the area of hypochondria. A helpful book in a confusing field of medicine.

Pub Date: Nov. 23rd, 1954
Publisher: Macmillan