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October 1973

Children and Mental Health Centers; Programs, Problems, Prospects.

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By Raymond M. Glasscote, MA; Michael E. Fishman, MD; Meyer Sonis, MD. Price, $6. Pp 257. Joint Information Service of the American Psychiatric Association, 1700 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(4):628. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650100136043

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This book is filled with a tremendous amount of information about community mental health services throughout the country, and particularly about the services such centers provide for children and adolescents. There are the findings of a questionnaire survey of all federally supported community mental health centers and a full history of treatment efforts designed for young people. Perhaps most important is the program presented for further studies. The book will be indispensible for everyone concerned with mental health in the young.

The authors say wisely (p 32) that it is preferable to prevent the development of mental disorders than to try to eliminate or control them after they have developed. They report on what was found in several hundred young patients who had their disease diagnosed in the late 1920s, but with rare exceptions, they received no treatment. They were followed up about 30 years later.

Among this group, 27%

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