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March 1935

Mental Hygiene: Past, Present and Future.

Arch NeurPsych. 1935;33(3):686. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250150236026

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Although this booklet comprises only 104 pages, it contains an exceedingly interesting presentation of the history, development and future of psychiatry and mental hygiene. The material is that of the Colver Lectures of 1932. The booklet is divided into three parts. The first section, "The Mental Health of the Past," gives an excellent summary of the history of psychiatry through ancient times to the development of the hospital period in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The second section, "The Mental Health of the Present," reviews the influences that have made psychiatry a medical specialty. The third section, "The Mental Health of the Future," outlines the possibilities of the growth of psychiatry and shows how the field should develop toward the objectives desired. All this is unusually enjoyable reading and acquaints one thoroughly with how mental health has developed and how important it is to the community.