Book Review The Blood of the Fathers . By G. Frank Lydston. Chicago: The Riverton Press. 1912
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
This book aims to present in convenient form a synopsis of recent experimental and clinical studies on blood-pressure, in relation not only to cardio-vaseular and renal diseases, but also to other conditions. After an introductory sketch of the history of sphygmomanometry, the early chapters are devoted to a discussion of the circulation and its physiologic relation to bloodpressure, and to a description of methods and technic of estimation. Various pathologic conditions are then considered,
... then considered, and the importance of blood-pressure observations in their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment is emphasized. Particularly pertinent is the chapter on bloodpressure in obstetric practice. The volume should prove of value to practitioners in applying the principles of sphygmomanometry and in the interpretation and intelligent, effective use of its results. . Hart has presented in most readable form the recent views regarding the genesis of the neuroses and psychoses. As a writer, he has the rare faculty of clear exposition and conciseness,-qualities peculiarly desirable in discussing the somewhat abstruse psychological theories underlying disturbances of the mind. Among the many books of greater pretence, this stands pre-eminent as a lucid exposition of modern doctrine as applied to psychiatry. Dr. Hart is clearly a believer in the psychological approach to psychiatric problems, and lays comparatively little stress upon the somatic side of the discussion. In this also he has rendered a service which should be generally acknowledged. Whatever the ultimate outcome of the discussion may be, the time is ripe for a psychological exposition on the basis of the newer theories. This has been most admirably accomplished in the volume before us. An idea of the scope of the book may best be obtained through the chap-ter headings, which are as follows : The history of insanity, the psychological conception of insanity, the phenomena of insanity, dissociation, complexes, conflict, repression, manifestation of repressed complexes, projection, the irrationality of the lunatic, phantasy, the significance of conflict. We most strongly commend this book to all classes of readers, both within and without the medical profession.