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Tarachow, S. (1965). Modern Psychiatry. A Handbook for Believers: By Francis J. Braceland, M.D. and Michael Stock, Ph.D. New York: Doubleday and Co., Inc., 1963. 346 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 34:126-127.

(1965). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 34:126-127

Modern Psychiatry. A Handbook for Believers: By Francis J. Braceland, M.D. and Michael Stock, Ph.D. New York: Doubleday and Co., Inc., 1963. 346 pp.

Review by:
Sidney Tarachow

This handbook of psychiatry is a lucid and comprehensive history, description, and psychology of psychiatry. Not wholly committed to the freudian viewpoint it nevertheless gives a clear psychoanalytic introduction to psychopathology and psychotherapy.

A relatively small part of the book is devoted to the imbrication of psychiatry with religion. If one accepts the premise of the existence of God there is little quarrel with the authors' discussion of the relationship of psychiatry to religion, morals, philosophy, and free will. The authors quote Freud to reconcile the coexistence of free will and psychological determinism.

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