The Brain in Health and Disease (Classic Reprint)

The Brain in Health and Disease (Classic Reprint)

by Joseph Shaw Bolton
     
 

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Of late years the majority of the published attempts to elucidate the functions of the brain have left the safe lines of anatomy and physiology and of histological and clinical pathology, and have wandered in various directions in the avowed search for truth, but more often in the actual search after means for the

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Excerpt from The Brain in Health and Disease

Of late years the majority of the published attempts to elucidate the functions of the brain have left the safe lines of anatomy and physiology and of histological and clinical pathology, and have wandered in various directions in the avowed search for truth, but more often in the actual search after means for the diagnosis and treatment of the mentally afflicted.

For this change of attitude towards the question of cerebral function the rise of bio-chemistry and bacteriology on the one hand, and the fascination exerted by new methods of clinical study and new systems of psychological terminology on the other, are responsible.

The elaborate and accurate methods employed in the study of the higher physiology of the senses, and the ingenious and time-taking investigations in animal psychology, which are now so numerous, appear, at first sight at any rate, to be new and fundamentally sound means of research. The minute differential study of the symptomatology exhibited by the insane, which irresistibly recalls the names of Korsakow and of Kraepelin, has aroused the interest of hosts of previously somewhat supine workers in clinical psychiatry and has been responsible for a new terminology. Quite recently, the psycho-analytical method of Freud, which is in reality a "catch unawares" application of the "confession and absolution" idea to the ordinary sympathetic case-taking of the hysterical and the psychasthenic, has introduced a still newer psychological terminology, but no fundamentally new method. On the other hand, this method has the great fault of appealing, to those unaware of its strictly limited scope, as a new system of universal applicability to cases of mental disease, whereas its field of utility is for practical purposes outside the walls of asylums.

From the aspect of bio-chemistry and bacteriology, it is necessary merely to mention the most recent important event, the introduction of the Wassermann reaction, which has culminated in the discovery of Noguchi.

In all these various directions research has been fruitful, and interest in psychology and psychiatry has been stimulated: and each method has been claimed by its advocates as the long sought for means by which the knowledge of psychology and of psychiatry would at last be advanced.

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ISBN-13:
9781331016250
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/09/2015
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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