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November 1969

The General Practice of Community Psychiatry.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(5):638. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740230126026

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This small curious volume is a collection of speeches and papers prepared for disparate groups and media by the staff of an eleemonsynary mental-health clinic, serving some of the citizens of a suburban county (Washington) with a population of approximately 100,000, near but not including Portland, Ore. Dr. Crawshaw, the author, was part-time director of this clinic for five years until his resignation, and the book seems to be an effort to deal with those experiences.

Although the title of the book concerns community psychiatry, there is little in the various chapters which relates to that subject, either in practice or research. The idea of a clinic evolved in the minds of some citizens (the reason why is not made clear), and staff were employed, among them the author. A child-guidance clinic was developed, seemingly without reference to the mental-health needs of the citizens they purported

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