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January 21, 1983

Treatment of Mental Disorders

Author Affiliations

Blue Hills Hospital Hartford, Conn

JAMA. 1983;249(3):418. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330270074051

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This soft-cover multiauthored book presents the state of the science and also the art of psychiatric treatments. It is a comprehensive treatise that documents the extensive progress of recent years in the field of psychiatric treatment. In many respects, this volume is a complimentary book to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, edition 3 (DSM 3) (American Psychiatric Association, 1980). DSM 3 describes salient clinical findings in a systematic manner for each psychiatric illness without reference to treatment. This book includes the clinical findings in psychiatric illness, and it approaches the treatment of such illness in a standard systematized manner that is similar to DSM 3.

The publication provides mental health practitioners with a wide range of treatments for any given condition, and it does not adhere to an exclusive school of therapy. Rather, it integrates physical, biologic, chemical, neurophysiological, and psychological (behavioral, group, family, and individual) modes