Schwab & Schwab, But No Kepler

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 224–225. Reviews the book, Sociocultural Roots of Mental Illness: An Epidemiologic Survey by John J. Schwab and Mary E. Schwab (1978). This book is an encyclopedic review of psychological epidemiology from Graunt's count of “lunaticks” during the plague years of the 17th century, through the latest cross-fostering studies of schizophrenia. Four of the 18 chapters are devoted to the history and methods of epidemiology, six to the epidemiology of mental disorder, and one each to stress and life events, psychosomatic disorders, cultural psychiatry, and genetics. A work of this scope reflects the field that inspired it as much as it reflects the authors' competence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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