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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 35–36. Reviews the book, New Trends of Psychiatry in the Community edited by George Serban (see record 1979-26814-000). This volume is a collection of symposium papers intended to appraise the impact of community mental health programs on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in the community. The book fails to do so. It provides neither the range nor the depth to examine the spectrum of activities within community mental health. The bulk of the text is devoted to the treatment of schizophrenics while other populations of interest including the aged, the addicted, and the poor are excluded. It describes the impact of community interventions on psychiatry. Implicit in the pseudo-issue is a psychiatric chauvinism relegating other professions to secondary roles. Similar disvaluing exists between clinical and community psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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