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For more than a decade an impressive research project to determine the prevalence of psychiatric illness and its relationships to social and cultural factors was carried out in a Canadian county. A total of 115 individuals worked on the project, as well as 31 consultants and 13 secretaries. Three large volumes and 32 other publications present the findings to date. Presumably a vast number of man-hours and dollars have been expended. It is questionable whether the results justify the effort.
The first volume, My Name is Legion, tells about the project. Mainly, however, the director, Alexander Leighton, indicates his views on personality, psychiatric disorder, and the significance of social disintegration. In a skillful combination of illustrative examples and theoretical discussion, he presents many interesting ideas and explains the philosophy underlying the research project. The book seems overlong, perhaps because of frequent summaries and repetitions.
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Meehan MC. The Stirling County Study of Psychiatric Disorder & Sociocultural Environment. Vol I: My Name is Legion: Foundations for a Theory of Man in Relation to Culture. JAMA. 1964;187(10):785. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060230113046
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