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Essentials of Zoology, Emphasizing Principles of Animal Biology

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424 YALE JOURNAL OF BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE This text is Number 7 of the History of Medicine Series issued under the auspices of the Library of the New York Academy of Medicine. GEO. H. SMITH. PSYCHOTHERAPY. By Lewellys F. Barker. D. Appleton- Century Company, New York, 1940. Pp. ix + 218. $2. In the text, as well as on the title-page, of this book Psychotherapy is thus defined: "Treatment that attempts to improve the condition of a human being by means of influences that are brought to bear upon his mind (psyche)." This definition is characteristic of the book or, as one had better say, of the wisdom and common sense of its author. Dr. Barker emphasizes the necessity of a full work-up of the patient and of a "comprehensive, multidimensional diagnosis." He shows that it is "man, as a whole" who is to be treated, and gives most valuable discussions of practically all known psychotherapeutic methods, not forgetting remarks on "Methods of psychotherapy dependent upon mysticism, quackery, pseudo- philosophical ideas." Dr. Barker states that Psychotherapy has its place not only in the treatment of "functional" but also of physical disorders. He explains that and how Psychotherapy must be adapted to the different stages of life. The text is concluded by interesting observations on the Future of Psychotherapy, followed by a glossary and a bibliography. It may be pointed out that this book is written by an Internist for the Medical Practitioner. It is hardly necessary to say that this reviewer warmly recommends the book. EUGEN KAHN. ESSENTIALS OF ZOOLOGY, EMPHASIZING PRINCIPLES OF ANIMAL BIOLOGY. By George Edwin Potter. The C. V. Mosby Company, St. Louis, 1940. Pp. 526 and 204 text illustrations. $3.75. In these days, when there are so many text-books of elementary zoology, an author must have a definite reason for adding another to the already too- long list, and a clear purpose in doing so. The present author's excuse is that the existence of increasing numbers of short (single-semester) zoolog

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