November 1961

Contemporary European Psychiatry.

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Edited by Leopold Bellak, M.D. Price, $3.95. Pp. 372. Grove Press, Inc., 64 University Pl., New York 3, 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(5):514. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710170092011

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This is not a reprint but an original edition in paperback form. French psychiatry is portrayed by Pichot, German and Austrian by Hoff and Arnold, Great Britain by Lewis, Italy by Cerletti, Scandinavia by Langfelt, the Soviet Union by Gilyarovsky, and Switzerland by Benedetti and Miller. Each section is indeed complete and furnishes an adequate account of psychiatry in each country represented.

In Bellak's introduction he quotes Bohm's facetious comparison between American and European psychiatry and then continues with his own criticism: "There is no major factor in American psychiatry, with the possible exception of some of its sociological aspects, which does not have its immediate origin in Europe—and I am still talking of recent years." He states: "We want a happy combination of adaptive originality and rigid control; of creativity and methodological sophistication." Bellak believes that our team approach and our technical facilities stand in the way

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