By Professor Dr. Henry B. M. Murphy (auth.)
Contents: advent. - comparison of respectable resources of information. - comparison of precise Survey method Findings. - Schizophrenia. - the extreme Reactive Psychoses. - The Affective issues. - Suicide and Parasuicide. - problems linked to Alcohol and different medications. - Psychosomatic issues. - Neuroses and different Minor issues. - psychological healthiness in worldwide standpoint. - topic Index.
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It was one which was seriously discussed by leading psychiatrists during the nineteenth century, and later in this book we will have to examine the possible truth of the statement by one of America's leading psychiatriSts, Jarvis, at that time, to the effect that "Insanity is a part of the price which we pay for civilisation" . As Rosen's admirable review of the topic documents , international leaders like Griesinger, Maudsley, and Tuke were much concerned by the apparent increase in insanity during their lifetimes in countries which thought themselves to be at the forefront of civilization.
The Malays tended to be acting individually, impulsively and out of direct material need. The Indian boys, however, were most often apprehended for stealing objects which they got little or no profit from, so that their thefts have to be interpreted as an indirect form of aggression, and one can infer that the attempted suicides of their more closely supervised sisters were also an expression of aggressive feelings which dared not be ventilated more directly. It is frequently argued that delinquency data have no value, since the number of persons breaking the law is very much larger than the number recorded; but from the psychiatric as opposed to the strictly legal or sociological angles the very fact of getting caught is significant.
Bed ratios are for 1970 ; GNP data  are from 5 years earlier to allow for development lag seen as necessary, but the fact that other people were abusing that incompetence in ways which were becoming unacceptable. In Britain, it was not the disturbance created by the masses of unhospitalized insanes in the general population but the plight of the relatively few insanes in private hospitals [notably the infamous White House in Bethnal Green near London (288)] which prompted the drive first to control the private mental hospitals and later to build public ones.