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March 1964

The Vital Balance.

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By Karl Menninger, MD, with Martin Mayman, PhD, and Paul Pruyser, PhD. Price, $10.00. Pp 531. The Viking Press, New York, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(3):321. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720210103018

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Dr. Karl Menninger of the famous family in Topeka, Kan, has been all his life a dedicated, creative, and sensitive student of human nature. His literary productivity has been enormous, and his programs of action in the field of mental health and illness have been effective, extending far beyond the walls of the Menninger Clinic. The present book will add to his stature because it is a good book—a sensible work for both intelligent lay readers and professionals of all disciplines concerned with mental health.

This large volume, veritably a textbook, cannot be reviewed in detail. Only assurances can be given that it is authentic for our current state of knowledge. The author has a sense of history and describes classification, diagnosis, and therapy as evolutionary processes. Perhaps the 70-page appendix outlining systems of psychiatric classification from 500 BC to the present could have been omitted.

The essence of Menninger's

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