Destiny and Disease in Mental Disorders

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    PROF. MACFIE CAMPBELL, who is professor of psy chiatry at Harvard University, gives us a very readable account of personalities struggling against the difficulties of their environment, particularly with reference to the schizophrenic psychoses, which are a particular type developing in early adult life. This comes as quite a relief when contrasted with lengthy dissertations on infected bowels and sinuses. We feel on reading all these books on mental disorder that the problem in many ways has not even yet been stated, far less grappled with. There are so many factors involved, and we know so little. The writer, however, points out the importance of the environ ment and its manifold reaction on personalities, many of which we feel were already psychopathic in build.

    Destiny and Disease in Mental Disorders:

    with Special Reference to the Schizophrenic Psychoses. By Prof. C. Macfie Campbell. (Thomas W. Salmon Memorial Lectures.) Pp. 207. (London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1935.) 10s. 6d. net.

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