September 1966

Community Mental Health Services in Northern Europe: Great Britain, Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden.

Author Affiliations

SM Hyg


Public Health bulletin No. 1407. By Sylvan S. Furman. Price, $1.75. Pp 215. US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md 20014, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(3):336. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730150112021

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The author is the executive director of the Manhattan Society for Mental Health, New York City. His book is based on data collected during two trips to Europe in 1963 and 1964 for a total of 15 weeks. Aside from the data based on personal observation, Mr. Furman carried a tape recorder and collected some published material on the various programs he visited. The result is a generally well written, concise series of descriptive vignettes of the major mental hospitals and community mental health programs of England, Scotland, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden. In addition to these, there is a general descriptive statement of the structure of mental health services in these countries and an occasional bonus such as the tape-recorded interview with Maxwell Jones concerning some of his views on social psychiatry which pops up unexpectedly in the text.

Coverage is not uniform. Great Britain and Hol

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