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January 1969

Mental Health Systems in Scandinavia.

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By David J. Vail, MD. Price, $8. Charles C Thomas, Publishers, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1968.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(1):126-127. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740130128015

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Abstract

A more accurate title of this book, intended as a guidebook by the Medical Director of the Department of Public Welfare for the State of Minnesota, might have been Administration of Mental Health Facilities and Services rather than Mental Health Systems in Scandinavia. The reader's sense of incompleteness is related not to the researching or specific documentation, which despite the author's recognition as "quite fragmentary and incomplete," is indeed, after a trip of only 18 days impressive.

The objection is to the frame of reference which is somewhat circumscribed. Although attempting to provide "a basic orientation" to the "casual visitor" who might represent any one of a dozen disciplines in the mental health field, there is only a cursory reference that in Norway "one gets the impression of soundly functioning psychiatric clinic teams." Dr. Vail's selective bias which emphasizes the role of the physician is especially ap

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