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J., E. (1922). Mind and its Disorders: By W. H. B. Stoddart, M.D., F.R.C.P. (H. K. Lewis & Co., London, 4th Edition 1921. Pp. 592, Price 22s. 6d.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 3:84-84.

(1922). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 3:84-84

Mind and its Disorders: By W. H. B. Stoddart, M.D., F.R.C.P. (H. K. Lewis & Co., London, 4th Edition 1921. Pp. 592, Price 22s. 6d.)

Review by:
E. J.

This is perhaps the most widely read British text book of psychiatry at the present day and is so well known that it is not necessary to give a general account of it. Its outstanding value is its comprehensiveness, pathological anatomy and chemical tests being dealt with as adequately as the clinical and psychological aspects of the subject. The book is excellently illustrated.

To us it is of especial interest to watch the gradual evolution of the various editions of the book in an increasingly marked psychoanalytical direction. Dr. Stoddart is a thorough-going analyst both in theory and practice and has incorporated into the book a special chapter on psycho-analysis as well as numerous other references. It is true that the fact of this incorporation being subsequent to the original plan and structure of the book produces a distinctly uneven appearance, for the attempt to harmonise the newer with the older psychology here cannot be called altogether successful. If Dr. Stoddart will not shrink from the task, there is no doubt he could produce a much more valuable text book by scrapping the original plan and entirely re-writing the book. The result would be very instructive, for the reader would then traverse the whole subject with a more unitary point of view than is now possible for him.

The chapter on psycho-analysis itself is fairly adequate except that the subject of resistance is very insufficiently dealt with and the importance of it for both theory and practice not dwelt upon.

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