This book summarizes the literature on manic-depressive psychosis and related disorders, much of which is considered by the authors as not being readily or easily available to psychiatrists. The work was, in part, sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States Public Health Service. The authors mention more than 1,000 studies of affective disorders and provide adequate bibliographic reference to them with the stated purpose of providing an incentive to further work in this field rather than the presentation of a critical review.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part discusses diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of manic-depressive psychosis, and the second part relates to allied conditions, such as involutional psychosis, reactive depression, depression of old age, and psychotic reactions to pregnancy. Additionally, the author discusses his own multiple-factor psychosomatic theory of manic-depressive psychosis and relates it to a parallel theory