By Ruth Kotinsky and Helen L. Witmer. Price, $5. Pp. 362. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1955.
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This book should be of general interest to all pediatricians and of specific interest to those physicians who, as part of their community responsibilities, are interested in supporting preventive mental health programs for children and parents.
This book provides an excellent over-all view of mental health promotion. Perhaps the most interesting is the discussion of the problems in evaluation. Saul W. Ginsburg, M. D., presents a clear and provocative picture of the mental health movement and its theoretical assumptions. Certainly today with so much emphasis on preventive and educational movements toward the goal of a "positive mental health approach," the attempt of certain agencies and bodies to apply an epidemiological approach to mental disease requires real thought and consideration for those of us active or interested in the emotional problems of our citizens.
In addition to theoretical considerations, there are sections of this book dealing with the setting up and
Community Programs for Mental Health.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;92(4):429. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060030423019