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Gillespie, W.H. (1941). Diseases of the Nervous System: By W. Russell Brain. Second Edition. (Oxford University Press, 1940. Pp. xx + 950. Price 30 s.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 22:88-89.

(1941). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 22:88-89

Diseases of the Nervous System: By W. Russell Brain. Second Edition. (Oxford University Press, 1940. Pp. xx + 950. Price 30 s.

Review by:
W. Hewitt Gillespie

This JOURNAL is not the place for a general assessment of the second edition of this now well-known text-book of neurology. It contains an additional chapter entitled 'Psychological Manifestations of Organic Nervous Disease', which deals briefly with hallucinations, disorders of memory, disorders of mood, and dementia. In connection with disorders of memory, some importance is attributed to repression as a factor inhibiting recall; but in the discussion of dementia no mention is made of the regression so characteristic of this condition.

The neuroses are considered mainly in relation to neurological diagnosis, as is proper in a text-book of neurology. As regards treatment, while the author holds that the symptomatic treatment of hysteria is inadequate, he states that analytical methods are often rendered difficult by lack of intelligence or resistance in the patient, and in practice he seems to lay most stress on symptomatic measures.

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