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A book adequately analyzing the uses and misuses of psychiatry is certainly needed. Unfortunately, the author, a psychiatrist-attorney-law professor, has written a polemic that ejaculates torrents of questionable negativism amidst interesting case reports and discussions. Much of literary worth in style and breadth is lost in legal analyses, newspaper excerpts, literature reviews, anecdotes, and pronunciamentos. Redundancy is common.
Specific defects abound. Much material is not current or relevant; much has little to do with psychiatrists. Psychiatrists in recent years have been excluded from the administrative and treatment processes in governmental hospitals. Abuses of testing, profiling, polygraphy, voice-analysis, and governmental community
The Powers of Psychiatry.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:145. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-1-145_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(1):145.
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