October 23, 1967

Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry

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edited by Alfred M. Freedman and Harold I. Kaplan, 1,666 pp, $24.75, Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co., 1967.

JAMA. 1967;202(4):369. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130170169042

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For years there has been a need for a collation and implementation of modern psychiatric theories and therapies in a book which would be comprehensive, eclectic, and authoritative. The British have theirs in Clinical Psychiatry, by Mayer-Gross, Slater, and Roth, but this excellent book has been outdated by the advances in psychiatry and neurology in the past decade. Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry satisfies this need admirably. This is an encyclopedic coverage of all aspects of psychiatry, neurology, and related areas by 174 American experts. It is well-organized and remarkably well-written and edited. There are so many competent contributions that it is impossible to cite any one for special praise. Because of my particular interest in the physical methods of treatment in psychiatry, especially pharmacotherapy, I can testify that the coverage of these areas is of very high quality. From a holistic view, this tome is clear, instructive, constructively critical, and