April 1962

The Day Hospital Movement in Great Britain.

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By James Farndale. Price, $15.00. P. 430. Pergamon Press, Ltd., 4-5 Fitzroy Sq. London, W. 1, 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(4):329. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710220071011

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This book represents an extremely careful survey and analysis of a representative sample of Day Hospitals and Day Centers in Great Britain. It is packed full of useful information including detailed descriptions of each of the sixty-five institutions visited by the author during 1958-1959. Issues such as drugs for Day Patients, transport and ambulance, meals, and financing receive meticulous attention and will be pertinent for those contemplating or definitely planning Day Units. The publishers have provided an additional service in that they will send descriptions of individual units in reprint form to those interested in specific hospitals or centers.

Considered in the context of a source book, this work is of first-rate quality. Mr. Farndale makes no pretense at developing theoretical concepts which would account for the rapid increase of day facilities. As a barrister he is somewhat less interested in the evaluation of social psychiatric theory than

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