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Fighting for Mental Health: A Personal View by Norman Sartorius

Cambridge University Press has just published the book "Fighting for Mental Health: A Personal View" by Norman Sartorius, Past President of the WPA and Member of the WPA Council.

The book contains a series of essays on core concerns of mental health programmes today: the definition of needs for care, the role of psychiatry as a medical specialty, as a component of general health care and in the community; the challenges that modern times present for mental health; and a number of others.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Context of Health and Mental Health Programmes

1. Updating 1789
2. Doubts about three of the many dogmas of development
3. Overlaps and confusions
4. Nearly forgotten: Mental health needs of an urbanized planet
5. The Mozart effect and the Keshan disease
6. The paradoxes about psychiatry
7. On advice and consultation

Part II: Mental Health and Medicine

1. Psychiatry in the framework of primary health care: a threat or boost for psychiatry?
2. The limits of mental health care in general health services
3. The mental health adventure of the World Health Organization
4. Mental health care for the elderly: another thirty years to wait
5. On words I like to hate

Part III: Psychiatry and Mental Health Programmes

1. Assessing needs for psychiatric services
2. Why are mental and neurological disorders not being prevented
3. The seven vices of psychiatry
4. Brueghel’s Everyman: a cover page for a book on research in psychiatry
5. And then there were five...
6. Enabling
7. Psychiatry in developing countries

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