By Margaretta K. Bowers, MD. Price, $4.95. Pp 252. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 18 E 41 St, New York, NY 10017, 1963.
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In the decision to publish a book, as in much else, timing is important. An excellent contribution may misfire because the reading public is not ready for it. Conversely, a book of lesser merit may be acclaimed, if the climate of opinion is such that there is need for the topic to be discussed.
It is a satisfaction, in this instance, to review a good book when the time is also ripe.
Dr. Bowers' book Conflicts of The Clergy tells the story of her work over the past 15 years with a patient body of 37 ordained clergymen, 28 seminarians, missionaries and "dedicated men and women, a classification which includes those who studied for the ministry but did not go on to ordination." The book is introduced with whole-hearted endorsement, in the three Forewords, by prominent persons in the medical and religious fields. The book is seen, in these
Harrower M. Conflicts of the Clergy.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(1):100-102. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720250102014