By Professor Dr. Henry B. M. Murphy (auth.)
Contents: advent. - comparison of reliable assets of knowledge. - comparison of particular Survey procedure Findings. - Schizophrenia. - the extreme Reactive Psychoses. - The Affective issues. - Suicide and Parasuicide. - problems linked to Alcohol and different medications. - Psychosomatic problems. - Neuroses and different Minor problems. - psychological future health in international standpoint. - topic Index.
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3 reproduces certain data collected during a comparison of psychiatric clinics in New York and in the Netherlands . Judging by the percentages given a diagnosis of schizophrenia by the clinic psychiatrists, as 34 shown first, it would seem that the groups are not at all comparable. Judging by the frequency of certain schizophrenia-like symptoms in the total patient samples (part B), the two groups look much more similiar and one might be tempted to think that it is only the perceptions of their clinicians which distinguish them.
When one is dealing with official data, one must always remember that although other sources are likely to be more accurate or more detailed, none are likely to yield the same quanti~y of usable information. It will often be necessary to reach the Scottish verdict of '''not proven" rather than one of guilt or innocence when the data-gathering system is accused of producing a spurious similarity or difference. But the next step should not be to abandon working with 40 the suspect source; rather, one should see whether other sources of information support or refute the impression obtained.
1, Australia; 2, Belgium; 3, Burma; 4, Canada; 5, Chile; 6, Denmark; 7, Ghana; 8, Guatamala; 9, France; 10, Finland; 11, Germany, West; 12, Honduras; 13, Iceland; 14, Ireland; 15, Israel; 16, Italy; 17, Jamaica; 18, Japan; 19, Mexico; 20, Netherlands; 21, New Zealand; 22, Pakistan; 23, Phillipines; 24, Portugal; 25, Rhodesia; 26, South Africa; 27, Spain; 28, Sweden; 29, Switzerland; 30, Thailand; 31, Turkey; 32, United Kingdom; 33, United States; 34, Venezuela. Bed ratios are for 1970 ; GNP data  are from 5 years earlier to allow for development lag seen as necessary, but the fact that other people were abusing that incompetence in ways which were becoming unacceptable.