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Bryan, D. (1920). Functional Nerve Disease. Edited by H. Crichton Miller, M.D., (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1920. Price 10s. 6d.).. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 1:332-333.
(1920). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1:332-333
Functional Nerve Disease. Edited by H. Crichton Miller, M.D., (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1920. Price 10s. 6d.).
Review by: Douglas Bryan
This is a symposium written by eleven authors.
Dr. Miller in his chapter on Physical Aetiology points out the importance of taking into consideration the physical as well as the psychical as a causative factor and visa versa.
Dr. Riddoch deals with Differential Diagnosis; this is the best chapter in the book.
Dr. Edwin Bramwell on Physical Treatment is inconclusive since in his conclusion he states that "most physical symptoms in functional nervous disease demand psycho-therapeutic care".
Dr. Prideaux on the Mechanism of Hysteria gives his and other views on the subject. He states on page fifty-two that "Freud's view is that the hysteric has inherited a psychosexual constitution with an excessive development of the sexual instinct". This is certainly incorrect, Freud has never expressed such an opinion. When a writer quotes other people's views he should give the reference to that author's statement.
Dr. Hadfield on Treatment by Suggestion and Persuasion does not bring forward anything new on the subject, but deals with it very well on the old lines.
Dr. W. H. R. Rivers in his chapter on Repression and Suppression somewhat confuses the reader by assigning definitions to the words which for the most part reverse their generally accepted meanings. It is difficult to see Dr. Rivers' motive for adopting this unusual procedure.
Dr. Maurice Nicoll writes on Regression which he deals with from Jung's point of view.
Dr. Miller has written a chapter on The Mother Complex. This is the most loosely written and unsatisfactory chapter in the book. Dr.
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