April 1970

The Definition and Measurement of Mental Health.

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles


Edited by SB Sells. Price, $3. Pp 280. US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, 1968.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(4):382. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050384032

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This small, compact book, crammed with factual material concerning this particular field of mental health evaluation, will certainly not be every man's meat. It is the kind of book which needed to be written to set forth the state of the art as well as to comment on methods and procedures for evaluating mental health. At the same time, this book probably will appeal to relatively few people except those whose interest is in the definition and evaluation of mental health practices.

Certain articles in the series are better than others. M. Brewster Smith's paper on "Human Effectiveness" is an outstanding one. It is clear, nicely written, and sets forth its own goals with skill and wisdom. Equally, pediatricians will be interested in Jack Glidewell's summary of his work over the years. The simplicity of his findings is important to the field and I think he has made a very

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