October 1970

Mental Health Research in Asia and the Pacific

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Edited by William Caudill, PhD, and Tsung-yi Lin, MD. Price, $12.50. Pp 487. East-West Center Press, Honolulu 96822, 1969.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;23(4):383. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01750040095015

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This volume is the result of a conference on mental health research in Asia and the Pacific held at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii, in 1966, at which a distinguished multidisciplinary group of investigators from Australasia, Europe, and North America explored such questions as how Asian countries had made use of Western psychiatric theories and techniques to understand similarities and differences in behavior in cross-cultural settings, as well as attempted to reach some agreement on common denominators in human behavior regardless of cultural differences.

The editors, Dr. William Caudill, a social anthropologist, and Dr. Tsung-yi Lin, a psychiatric epidemiologist, both of whom participated in the conference, have done an admirable job of organizing the work of their colleagues (and keeping their opinions from intruding) into three topical sections which present the proceedings and discussion in such a way as to be most helpful and economical to the reader.


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