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January 3, 1977

The Therapist's Handbook: Treatment Methods of Mental Disorders

JAMA. 1977;237(1):68-69. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270280070031

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A book intended to cover a broad field and written by multiple authors requires careful editing to ensure a coherent presentation of its theme. If editorial control is weak, the book can easily become nothing more than a series of review articles of varying quality.

This volume, which attempts to cover current psychiatric treatment methods, unfortunately is the victim of such weak editorial control. The book is divided into two sections, the first covering various specific psychiatric therapies and their indications and the second devoted to specific psychiatric illnesses and their treatments. Although such a division might be expected to create much duplication, this book avoids that problem quite well because the editor apparently informed the multiple authors that the main purpose of the book was to present practical psychiatric therapeutic treatment methods. However, there is no evidence of editorial direction beyond these instructions.

The result of this lack of