April 1961

An Introduction to Social Psychiatry.

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By Alexander H. Leighton. Price $4.75. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1960.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;4(4):425-427. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710100105014

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This is a publication of the Salmon Lectures delivered by Dr. Alexander Leighton. It is, avowedly, an attempt both to define social psychiatry in terms of certain current psychiatric practices and to post benchmarks for further developments. Perhaps it is due to the lecture format (brief and a bit discursive) that the book falls somewhat short of its objectives—short of what is ordinarily expected of a formal introduction to some subject matter.

The book is divided into two sections: Part I—Actions and Uses; Part II—The Widening of Knowledge. In the first, Leighton takes the reader on a tour of various locations where psychiatry is practiced, other than in clinics and private practitioner offices: courtrooms and prisons, armed forces, schools, industrial plants, and governmental agencies. In addition, Leighton indicates how psychiatrists alone or in teams with parapsychiatric professionals and behavioral scientists are involved in the study of mental institutions and small

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