This is the third edition of a book which is familiar to most psychiatrists and students in psychiatry. It is among the most widely used textbooks of psychiatry.
As the author states in the preface, this third edition has been largely rewritten. The psychodynamic principles of the psychoneuroses are discussed more fully, and there is more attention directed to the psychosomatic mechanisms. There are 32 chapters. Three new chapters have been added—"Psychotherapy," "Shock and Other Physical Therapies" and "Child Psychiatry." A bibliography follows each chapter.
The mechanisms of defense or the adjustmental mechanisms are described in the earlier chapters with such clarity that their meaning is easily applied to mental disorders as discussed in the later chapters. A brief discussion of "psychological considerations" in a few instances is stimulating, and one wishes the author had gone further with these considerations, particularly in relation to the organic reaction types of psychoses.