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December 20, 2000

Psychiatry HistoryAmerican Psychiatry After World War II (1944 -1994)

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Roy W. Menninger and John C. Nemiah, 651 pp, $49, ISBN 0-88048-866-2, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2000;284(23):3059-3060. doi:10.1001/jama.284.23.3059

Psychiatrists who trained 20 years ago or more will find this book fascinating. The newer generation of psychiatrists, who missed the earlier emphasis on psychodynamics and were indoctrinated with the promise of biologic psychiatry, will also find the book illuminating. The multifarious, nationally renowned chapter authors delineate shifting psychiatric values that traverse from biologically rooted pre-World War II (WWII) custodial practices, to postwar psychodynamic perspectives, to the current neuropsychopharmacologic biological perspectives, but from different viewpoints.

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