March 1966

The Search for Sanity.

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By S. Leff, MD, DPH, and V. Leff. Price, 15 shillings. Pp 146. Pergamon Press Ltd, 4 & 5 Fitzroy Sq, London W 1, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(3):333-334. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730090109026

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The co-authorship of a British couple, the late S. Leff, MD, DPH, Barrister-at-Law and V. Leff, his sociologist wife, has produced a short (144 page) paperback printed by the Pergamon Press Ltd. The title, The Search for Sanity, belies a difficult subject and the work, the goal of which, incidentally, rests too uneasily under its formulated verbal superstructure, is primarily charismatic in function.

After quickly slaying the dragons brought up in chapter one, "Is Society Sick?" by, in some order, alluding to the problems of evaluation of normative behavior, consensual agreement in a difficult field and the problem of cultural relatively, they quickly implement a concept of mental illness analogous to a term with less specificity than infection. The authors then quickly spread out to view, examine, or at least mention almost every evil imaginable to man; then by asking the reader to be reminded in some way

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