June 1960

Religion, Science, and Mental Health.

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Proceedings of the First Academy Symposium on Inter-Discipline Responsibility for Mental Health, 1957. Academy of Religion and Mental Health, a Religious and Scientific Concern. Price, $3.00. New York University Press, 1959.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(6):711-712. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590120119016

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As the title indicates, this book contains a symposium held in 1957 and is concerned with the contributions and responsibilities of the behavioral sciences, including psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology; secondly, contributions and responsibilities of the behavioral sciences and medicine, with special emphasis on psychiatry, and, finally, the joint role of religion, behavioral sciences, and medicine. The volume contains a number of erudite essays presented by authorities in the field of the social sciences, psychiatry, and religion. There are a few 133/711 questions interposed in the discussions with some specific answers, which, however, do not interfere with the essay form of the book.

In Dr. Zilboorg’s essay he states: “In all the discussions I have heard or taken part in on the relationship between religion and psychiatry or clinical psychology, I have found the same singular error of trying to make the psychiatrist

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