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September 18, 1948

Mental Health in Modern Society

JAMA. 1948;138(3):249. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900030081031

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Abstract

This is a comprehensive and well written review of the social implications of modern dynamic psychiatry. The book deals particularly with developments in the field during and since the last World War. Included in its scope are factual and pertinent discussions of military psychiatry, the civilian readjustments required of the returned veteran, the role of the general practitioner in solving the problems of post-war rehabilitation and the contributions that can be made by social workers, psychologists, the clergy and by leaders in education and industry. Perhaps the only criticisms that can be made of this volume pertain to its implicit assumptions that much of the material it presents is of recent discovery, whereas in truth nearly all of the lessons we painfully "learned" during the last war were well known by 1920, were published in psychiatric journals and government reports, and were then tragically forgotten. Rennie and Woodward now remind

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