Introduction to psychopathology

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Reviews the book, Introduction to Psychopathology by Lawrence I. O'Kelly (see record 1950-02661-000). A colleague remarked on this book that “it's got lots of stuff”—the bibliography is 34 pages long. Unfortunately, there is too much nonsense mixed in. Perhaps the term nonsense is rather strong; it must be admitted that complete nonsense is rare. But slipshod writing is not rare, and it seriously impedes one's efforts to grasp the author's meaning. The reviewer has noted a good many citations of studies made on animals but he has failed to note any “continuities in subject matter” emerging. If one wants a book that describes syndromes of mental disorder well, that illustrates them very well, that refers to a large number of pertinent studies and that makes pertinent comments on organic factors in psychopathology, this is it. If one wants more than this and particularly if one wants a book that is written lucidly, this is not it. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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