April 1968

Identity and Mental Health and Value Systems.

Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif.


Edited by Kenneth Soddy, MD. Price, $5. Pp 271. Tavistock Publications Ltd., 11 New Fetter Lane, London, 1961.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(4):378. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640040072023

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Reports on work sessions of committees are notorious for difficult reading since they are apt to repeat the meandering ways of clarifying observations, concepts, and thoughts. These publications often read like preliminary drafts, and this book is no exception.

The two studies on identity and value systems are the outcome of meetings of a small group of scientists, drawn from a number of countries and from several disciplines, held under the auspices of the World Federation for Mental Health. Among the many names represented are the chairman, H. C. Rumke, from Utrecht; the secretary, Kenneth Soddy, from London; Daniel Lagache, from Paris; and David M. Levy and Margaret Mead, from New York.

The main objectives of this study were to seek clarification in an inter-cultural and interprofessional sense of current concepts in the field of mental health, to review these concepts which seem to be emerging and gaining in importance,

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