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November 8, 1971

Adolescent Psychiatry, vol 1: Developmental and Clinical Studies

JAMA. 1971;218(6):890-891. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190190076038

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Teaching and Learning Adolescent Psychiatry edited by Daniel Offer and James F. Masterson (conference University of Chicago, Nov 1969), 157 pp, $9.50, Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1971.

Psychiatrists, like the rest of the community, recently have become more aware of teenagers. In the early 1950s there were few psychiatric facilities for treating adolescents and probably no psychiatrists considered themselves specialists in this field. Since then clinics and inpatient services have sprung up, books and articles have multiplied. In 1958, the Society for Adolescent Psychiatry of New York was established. Similar organizations formed in other cities, and in 1967 these were confederated in the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, which had over 900 members by 1970. This organization is sponsoring a series of books, of which Adolescent Psychiatry: Development and Clinical Studies is the first. The same organization sponsored a conference in 1969, the proceedings of which are now