June 1960

Culture and Mental Health: Cross-Cultural Studies.

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Edited by Marvin K. Opler. Price, $8.75. Pp. 533. The Macmillan Company, 60 Fifth Ave., New York 11, 1959.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(6):710. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590120118014

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This excellent volume is first and foremost a sign of a vigorously growing intellectual and social movement which goes by various names, including social psychiatry, and which has found its institutional impact in the World Health Organization and in UNESCO. People who are interested in that movement, or in the research produced by men within its growing, and capacious, tradition, will wish to have this book on their shelves. In it are to be found 23 papers, mostly reporting original research, which deal with the cultural aspects of mental illness and health. Most have not hitherto been published, and many have original points to make or important ones that they help substantiate.

Very few of these papers deal with the more conventional topics of disease incidence and epidemiology in relation to societal or group differences. A great many of them deal with the cultural conditions making for stress, anxiety, dream

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