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    Naturevolume 127page371 (1931) | Download Citation

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    (1) DR. BERNARD HART'S little book has been reprinted almost annually since 1918, and now we have a new edition, the fourth. The book gives an extraordinarily good account of insanity and may well be read by any educated layman, particularly the social worker, with great benefit. Hart explains mental mechanisms like projections, which are of such common occurrence in the everyday life of the normal ‘man in the street’. This edition has had an introduction specially written for it, in which Hart gives a brief historical account of the influence of Janet but more particularly of Freud. He points out how Freud's views have been developed and extended, although the original ideas remain much the same. We cannot help thinking that everyone ought to read this book, and that the mental hygiene of the community would benefit by it.

    (1) The Psychology of Insanity.

    Dr. Bernard Hart. (The Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature.) Fourth edition. Pp. xxxv + 176. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1930.) 3s. net.

    (2) Psychopathology: its Development and its Place in Medicine.

    Dr. Bernard Hart. Second edition. Pp. vii + 178. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1929.) 8s. 6d. net.

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