July 1964

Conflicts of the Clergy.

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By Margaretta K. Bowers, MD. Price, $4.95. Pp 252. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 18 E 41 St, New York, NY 10017, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(1):100-102. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720250102014

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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

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