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The Abnormal Personality Through Literature.

Norman S. Litowitz, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(1):127-128. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740070129025.
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The authors of this book describe diagnostic categories, developmental phases, specific symptoms, and other psychiatric considerations (ie, therapeutic processes, perversions) in a brief and technical manner, and illustrate their existence in short stories or excerpts from predominantly 19th and 20th century world literature. Approximately 75 classics from world literature are used.

The psychiatric descriptions are presented in a sterile and staccato fashion. They are too brief and are not presented as interrelated, viable entities. The continuous simplicity and superficiality of presentation ultimately led to excessive boredom and disinterest in this reviewer.

The illustrations from literature are well chosen and faultless as to proper alignment with the compatible psychiatric entity. However, too frequently these excellent excerpts reflect multiple aspects of human behavior, and yet are categorized behind one psychiatric entity. On occasion, the authors will make comparisons or highlight differences in the literature,


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