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July 1965

Magic, Faith and Healing.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(1):96-97. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730010098015

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Although this book is subtitled "Studies in Primitive Psychiatry Today," Dr. Jerome Frank avoids the use of this descriptive phrase in his "Foreward." Instead he speaks of psychiatric ideas of "nonindustrialized" and

"industrialized" societies. Apart from this rigid avoidance of what appears to be natural, Dr. Frank's "Foreward" does full justice to this excellent volume on social anthropology, which is a collection of the contributions of 16 psychiatrists, psychologists, social, and physical anthropologists from various English speaking countries and regions of the world. On the whole the authors have succeeded admirably in bringing out the parallels between folk-practices and modern psychiatric techniques, occasionally, however, ignoring the possibility that this similarity is purely accidental rather than intentional. Perhaps it is simply due to the inevitable resemblance between the natural and scientific approaches to the disordered mind, just as there must be between the manifestations of mental disturbances regardless of the

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