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April 28, 1956

A Handbook of Hospital Psychiatry: A Practical Guide to Therapy

JAMA. 1956;160(17):1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960520099021

Dr. Linn set himself the task of providing a handbook for the psychiatrist working in a mental hospital. It is as simple as a primer and as comprehensive as Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. The author has succeeded admirably in providing what will surely become an indispensable manual for all workers in the field. Recognizing the difficulties the young psychiatrist has regarding theoretical concepts of psychiatric thinking, Linn has carefully presented the psychoanalytic theory of human behavior and thought as the framework of his approach to the mental hospital as a "therapeutic community." The author sees the physician working in a mental hospital as a kind of "general psychiatrist," called on to cope with the widest and most diverse range of situations.

Part 1, dealing with the treatment program, has chapters on individual, group, and somatotherapy. The chapters on the nonpsychiatric forms of therapy such as recreational, occupational, vocational, and food should

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