AUGUST HOCH recognised the confusion arising out of the classification of certain functional psychoses as Manic-Depressive Insanity; he therefore set out to show that the elation and depression (from which the name has been derived) are of no more theoretical importance than other moods which characterise the group. The volume before us, edited by Dr. J. MacCurdy after the death of Hoch, is designed to show that the symptom-complex associated with apathy is as distinct as that of mania, and the book introduces the functional psychoses characterised by benign stupor.
Benign Stupors: A Study of a New Manic-Depressive Reaction Type.
By Dr. A. Hoch. Pp. xii + 284. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1921.) 14s. net.