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Bech, E.B. (1949). Mental Health in Modern Society: By Thomas A. C. Rennie, M.D. and Luther E. Woodward, Ph.D. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1948. 424 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 18:245-247.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:245-247

Mental Health in Modern Society: By Thomas A. C. Rennie, M.D. and Luther E. Woodward, Ph.D. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1948. 424 pp.

Review by:
Elisabeth Brockett Bech

The title of this book contains an inference that it will provide a useful reference for the lay reader on the general subject of mental health. It is organized into three parts: I. Lessons from the War Period; II. Post-Emergency Problems in Mental Health; and III. Sources of Help in Treatment and Prevention. The three divisions are quite unequal in size, unlike in style and aim, perhaps due to the dual authorship.

A book written by Clara Bassett in 1934 entitled Mental Hygiene in the Community was helpful in educating the public in that decade but is now out of print and present-day interest calls for another. Do we have it in this volume? An assistant librarian in a liberal arts college gave me her opinion: 'Mental Health in Modern Society definitely is a book which could be used in the average college library. It fits into both sociology and psychology courses. The discussion of the contribution of the physician, the social worker and the psychologist is especially valuable for the layman. The fields of each are clearly defined. However, in the last part of the book the material is scattered over too great a range and gives only a smattering of the new viewpoint, but perhaps

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