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In a manner reminiscent of the psychiatric formulation, the authors have attempted to provide a crosssectional and longitudinal picture of the development of current psychiatric practice around the world. Unity of format is provided by tracing the movement from primitive, magical roots to the more scientific, through the intervening religious and somatic stages of development. There are particularly extensive discussions of psychiatric hospitals, of psychiatric inpatient services in general hospitals, of legal psychiatry, and of various forms of therapy; less extensively covered are the development of psychoanalysis, concepts of etiology in psychiatric illness, and training programs in psychiatry.
As one might expect in a multiauthored volume, there are areas of disagreement as to the placement of certain topics. An example of this would be finding the history of psychoanalysis in the chapter entitled "Israel and the Jews." While the early pioneers in psychoanalysis were predominantly Jewish, they are probably more
Widmann DE. World History of Psychiatry. JAMA. 1975;232(11):1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250110050030