At the Mental Seams: At the Mental Seams

At first glance, the health of Western civilization looks pretty good (e.g., people live longer than they used to). But Scottish Psychiatrist James L. Halliday, who took a long look, disagrees. A psychosomatic (mindbody) medicine man, he has come forth with a diagnosis that might not surprise Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr or Historian Arnold J. Toynbee: modern society is a very sick patient. The disease: an ailing mind. Dr. Halliday's findings are published this week in Psychosocial Medicine: A Study of the Sick Society (Norton; $3.50).

The Symptoms. Dr. Halliday, onetime general practitioner and...

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