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Mental Health in the United States

reviewed by Ija N. Korner - 1962

coverTitle: Mental Health in the United States
Author(s): Nina Ridenour
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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THE FIRST DIRECTOR of the World Health Organization, Dr. Brock Chisholm, at the founding conference defined health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Especially gratifying in this definition is the insistence that health is much more than the simple absence of illness. The same idea, applied to the psychological aspects of man, is represented in Mental Health in the United States. Unfortunately, Dr. Ridenour's ideas on health occupy only the last two of her 146 pages; the rest is devoted to the history of the American struggle against mental illness. The heroes of the story are the National Association for Mental Health and the profession of psychiatry. The title, therefore, is misleading; the book is not about mental health but about mental illness. It is not a portrayal of this country's efforts, but a history of two organizations... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 2, 1962, p. 172-172
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2994, Date Accessed: 8/10/2020 1:00:48 AM

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