Books: Insane History

THE MENTALLY ILL IN AMERICA — Albert Deutsch— Double day, Dor an ($3).

Haunting U. S. psychiatrists almost as much as it does their prospective patients is the alarming increase of modern mental diseases.* One out of every 22 persons, promises a New York State survey, may expect to spend some part of his life in a mental hospital. The gloomiest statisticians predict that in a couple of centuries everybody will be insane. The Mentally Ill in America is an authoritative, well-organized account of how the U. S. has coped with mental defectives thus far, attempts no predictions.

That modern treatment of mental...