February 1967

Normality: Theoretical and Clinical Concepts of Mental Health.

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By Daniel Offer, MD, and Melvin Sabshin, MD, with a Foreword by Roy R. Grinker, Sr., MD. Price, $5.50. Pp 253. Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 404 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1966.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(2):250. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730200118017

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A certain kind of expertise in some matters is everywhere evident. In Act III of Shaw's Major Barbara, the ability to discern right from wrong is discussed:

Undershaft: . . . Well, come! Is there anything you know or care for? Stephen: (rising and looking at him steadily) I know the difference between right and wrong. Undershaft: (hugely tickled) You don't say so! What! No capacity for business, no knowledge of law, no sympathy with art, no pretension to philosophy; only a simple knowledge of the secret that has puzzled all the philosophers, baffled all the lawyers, muddled all the men of business, and ruined most of the artists; the secret of right and wrong. Why, man, you're a genius, a master of masters, a god! At twenty-four, too! Stephen: (keeping his temper with difficulty) You are pleased to be facetious. I pretended to nothing more than any hon

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