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June 8, 1964

Handbook of Community Psychiatry and Community Mental Health

JAMA. 1964;188(10):940-941. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060360100035

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Abstract

Community psychiatry differs sharply from individual psychiatric therapy. The goal of community psychiatry is extensive rather than intensive therapy; insight into basic psychodynamics for the few is sacrificed for better adjustment by the many.

Twenty-three authors present incisive, stimulating, and highly informative material. Louisa Howe pictures the community as a dynamic organization rather than a geographic section; Clara Mayo and Don Klein discuss group dynamics in terms of intergroup reactions and external pressures on the group; Portia Hume and Viola Bernard delineate the roles and aims of training programs. The total impression is that the community psychiatrist must have the personality and techniques of a Madison Avenue public relations expert, the knowledge and skills of a highly experienced psychiatrist, and the selfless zeal of a dedicated missionary.

City Hospital of New York, as reported by Bellak, has (1) "Trouble Shooting Clinics" open 24 hours a day and oriented toward immediate

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