This book marked a notable advance in psychiatry in that it emphasizes sharply the contrast between the older descriptive psychiatry of Kraeplin and the newer interpretative psychiatry of the present time which utilizes the psychoanalytical principles and general biological viewpoints developed by Freud and his pupils in Europe and by Meyer, Hoch, White and others.
As an introduction to the study of clinical psychiatry the physician and the student will find the chapters dealing with the principles of psychology and psychopathalogy particularly helpful and stimulating.
Table of Contents
I. Psychological Introduction II. General Psychopathology III. Physical Symptoms IV. The Manifestation of Mental Diseases V. The Course of Mental Disease VI. The Borderlines of Insanity IX. Differential Diagnosis X. Causes of Mental Diseases XI. The Treatment of Mental Diseases in General XII. The Significance of Psychiatry XIII. The Individual Mental Diseases XIV. Oligophrenias
Paul Eugen Bleuler (30 April 1857 – 15 July 1939) was a Swiss psychiatrist and eugenicist most notable for his contributions to the understanding of mental illness and for coining the terms "schizophrenia","schizoid", "autism", and what Sigmund Freud called "Bleuler's happily chosen term ambivalence".
Abraham Arden Brill (October 12, 1874 – March 2, 1948) was an Austrian-born psychiatrist who spent almost his entire adult life in the United States. He was the first psychoanalyst to practice in the United States and the first translator of Freud into English.