May 1964

Guides to Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

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Edited by Bertram J. Black. Price, $2.50 (paper-bound). Pp 96. Altro Health and Rehabilitation Services, Inc., 373 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(5):545-546. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720230107015

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Guides to Psychiatric Rehabilitation is the detailed, easy to read report of a unique rehabilitation program established for state mental hospital patients and expatients. Three separate agencies cooperated in the program, viz, a private agency (a community philanthropic organization that operates a sheltered workshop and is dedicated to the rehabilitation of persons suffering from a wide range of disabilities), a State Vocational Rehabilitation organization, and a large state mental hospital.

In expertly planned and integrated teamwork that lasted for three years, a multitude of experiences, positive and negative, were collected and evaluated. The project demonstrated a broad spectrum approach toward the rehabilitation of psychiatric patients and included, in addition to the amelioration of clinical psychopathology, their successful transition from the hospital environment to a statisfactory functioning in the community. This was achieved by utilizing from the onset of hospitalization all that the various disciplines had to offer in the carefully

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