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April 22, 1983

Mental Health and Hispanic Americans: Clinical Perspectives

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University of Illinois at Chicago Health Sciences Center

JAMA. 1983;249(16):2238-2239. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330400082037

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At present, Hispanics rank second in number among minority populations, and demographers are projecting a not very distant time when Hispanics will be the largest minority in the United States. Since this group is sociologically, ethnically, and culturally heterogeneous, presenting very complex and challenging social and health issues, a reference source such as the present volume is most welcome.

The editors of this work had as a goal to provide practical information as well as theoretical formulations concerning the Hispanic patient, and they have succeeded admirably. Careful editing of a well-organized wealth of material is evident throughout the volume. The book is divided into four sections, on sociocultural issues, major syndromes, special concerns, and provision of services. Each subject is examined from a general knowledge perspective and is then discussed and applied to the Hispanic population. There is a well-balanced review of the pertinent literature. Some chapters are more research

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