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B., H.A. (1935). Nervous Breakdown: Its Cause and Cure: By W. Beran Wolfe, M.D. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1933. xv+240 p.. Psychoanal Q., 4:359-360.

(1935). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 4:359-360

Nervous Breakdown: Its Cause and Cure: By W. Beran Wolfe, M.D. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1933. xv+240 p.

Review by:
H. A. B.

The daily experience of the psychoanalyst is rather far from being such as to create in him any particular bias in favor of even the best examples of that type of book which purports to expound for the benefit of the layman the subject of "nervous breakdown, its cause and cure". For the analyst is cognizant of reasons quite additional to those which weigh against volumes encouraging the self-diagnosis and self-treatment of diabetes, for example—reasons which make a work of the sort here under review particularly and inevitably futile and even pernicious. In any case, as long as an apparently insatiable demand on the part of the public exists for such books, it might indeed be well if they were of a distinctly higher quality than is Dr. Wolfe's opus. To give extended space to its demerits and defects is needless. Those who might be interested in large-scale denigration may refer to an extended review, at the same time entirely fair and fully merited, which appeared in the Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry about a year ago.

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