Published for the American Psychiatric Association in honor of their centennial, this is an ""historic synthesis of a century of American psychiatric evolution"", and an important document of the development of that science as it touches on many aspects of our cultural life today. Various contributors, including Zilboorg, Sigerist, Strecker, Deutsch -- 18 in all -- combine to make this an important summation of the growth of the science of particular interest to the profession, to sociologists, but not for the average layman with passing interest in the subject, seeking a quick looksee. There are charts, statistical tables, listings, for a text covering the beginnings of psychiatry, from the early days of witchcraft hysteri, to the conception that insanity was not purely a physical disorder; the beginnings of the Association with its founding in 1844. Then the Society and its founders; American mental hospitals, capacity versus needs, treatment, standards of state asylums; the advances of research; theories and therapies; military psychiatry, from Civil War to the present; legal aspects of insanity; its influence on anthropology; its literature... Through... this survey one gets a synthetic picture of the gradual development, along with the history of particular phases of psychiatry...An exceptionally handsome piece of bookmaking.