August 1966

Psychiatric and Pastoral Care.

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By Edgar Draper, MD. Price, $2.95. Pp 132. Prentice Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):222-223. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140110027

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This book acknowledges that through the ages people have turned to religion as a resource in time of need. It states that even today, 42% of people with emotional problems begin their search for help by consulting a pastor. It is clear that the clergyman's role in the mental health field is an important one.

Dr. Draper paints a picture of the minister as one eager to help his people, but as one somewhat unsophisticated in the intricacies of psychiatric problems. Using numerous succinct illustrations, the author shows how the pastor through psychiatric naïveté may be misled, and how, given more psychiatric insight and skill, he could perform his clerical duties better. The author feels pastoral training would be greatly improved if to the present programs were added expert individual supervision by psychiatrists or other established therapists in the mental health field. He feels that at

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