May 1964

The Urban Condition.

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Edited by Leonard J. Duhl. Price, $10. Pp 410, with no illustrations. Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 404 Park Ave S. New York 10016, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):787-788. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110167045

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Periodically one receives a volume from a publisher which represents a truly remarkable contribution. This book, which deals with the problems and crises of the urban environment, is such a volume. I had heard most of the papers at the annual meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association in Los Angeles in 1962. During the hustle and bustle of this convention we had hoped that these papers would be published. These papers re-create the exciting mood of the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Orthopsychiatric sessions.

While the existentialists deal with the human condition, 32 social scientists, lawyers, city planners, journalists, economists, educators, and public health officials examine the urban condition. In this unusual work A. B. Hollingshead, Erich Lindemann, Robert Weaver, Harvey Perloff, Eugene Rostow, and other prominent experts examine the crises of urban living. They scrutinize such perplexing problems as renewal planning, crime and delinquency, poverty, Negro integration, problems of

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