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Malamud, W. (1936). To the Editors Of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. Psychoanal Q., 5:294-296.

(1936). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 5:294-296

To the Editors Of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly

William Malamud

In the January issue of this journal there appears a review of my book, Outlines of General Psychopathology, published by W. W. Norton & Company. In many respects this review represents an excellent analysis, and both for the occasional appreciations of the value of the book and the useful constructive criticisms, I am greatly obliged to the reviewer. There are, of course, as is to be expected, many aspects of the problem of psychopathology and its presentation on which the reviewer and I do not agree, and I appreciate his frankness in expressing them. In addition to these, however, there are some statements made in this review which in my opinion are not justifiable, and I appreciate your permission to bring them to the readers' attention.

The book is intended as a general outline of psychopathology, and in several places even at the risk of repetition, it was emphasized that it did not make any claims for exhaustive presentations of any single point of view. To judge the whole book, then, on the basis of its value as an introduction to any one point of view, be it ever so important, would seem to me to be unfair. In discussing the psychoanalytic theory, for instance, I have very definitely stated that that chapter should not be taken as a thorough presentation of psychoanalysis and have referred to a number of psychoanalytic publications which, as a matter of fact, in my course I insist that my students should read.

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