September 1964

The Character of Danger.

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By Dorothea C. Leighton, MD, and Associates. Price, $10. Pp 545, with 22 illustrations. Basic Books, Inc., 404 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(3):349-351. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720270121017

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The Character of Danger is the third in a series of volumes containing the results of the Stirling County Study of Psychiatric Disorder and Sociocultural Environment. Volume 3 contains an interesting discussion of ecology and epidemiology as they apply to mental illness, an estimation of the amount of mental disorder in Stirling County (a geographically defined population of 20,000 people in the northeast area of America) and a series of correlation studies of the relationships between the prevalence rates of psychiatric symptoms in the people living in Stirling County and certain aspects of their sociocultural environment.

The methods used to obtain the estimation of the prevalence of psychiatric disorder were those of the door-to-door survey carried out by nonpsychiatric, but trained personnel who filled in a protocol after an interview with a member of the Stirling County community. This protocol contained questions having to do with the family history

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