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December 19, 1936

Principles and Practice of Recreational Therapy for the Mentally III

JAMA. 1936;107(25):2078. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770510068033

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Organized recreation in hospitals for mental disease, used as a form of occupational therapy, is of comparatively recent development. The book at hand appears to be the first of its type and as such is of great interest to all physicians who care for patients with psychoses in hospitals. After an introductory chapter listing the various types of disease usually found in such hospitals, details of recreational activities are given which appear to the author to be best suited for patients with such diseases as dementia praecox, encephalitis and paranoia. It is too early to evaluate the effect of such recreational exercises and this the author does not attempt to do. In the final chapter he outlines the aims and objectives of his work, which was largely accomplished in a hospital under the Veterans' Administration. Only when other hospitals have adopted similar programs can the value of this work be

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