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November 1964

Principles of Preventive Psychiatry.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(5):718-720. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860110188041

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Increased interest in community mental health today is being manifested not only by the psychiatrist, but by the informed public. The internist, dealing as he must with the application of the whole network of health services to his patient, similarly can be expected to have great interest in this developing area. Dr. Caplan's provocative book presents lucidly both the theoretical aspects of preventive psychiatry and the methods appropriate to its use.

Preventive psychiatry is coming to have the same relationship to psychiatry that preventive medicine has had to medical practice. Originating from the core of clinical knowledge, its techniques are aimed at reducing tensions not only for the individual "patient," but for the nonpatient living in a complex social framework. Recognizing the limited manpower available for purely individual psychotherapy, preventive psychiatrists (among whom Dr. Caplan is preeminent) see the need for "substantial changes in professional training in order to prepare

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