By Professor Dr. Henry B. M. Murphy (auth.)
Contents: advent. - comparison of legitimate assets of knowledge. - comparison of distinct Survey procedure Findings. - Schizophrenia. - the extreme Reactive Psychoses. - The Affective issues. - Suicide and Parasuicide. - issues linked to Alcohol and different medicinal drugs. - Psychosomatic problems. - Neuroses and different Minor issues. - psychological future health in worldwide point of view. - topic Index.
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Murphy, H. M. Sampath, 1967, Mental illness in a Caribbean Community. A mental health survey of St. ; report to the government of the Virgin Islands; unpublished work) that the police were very qUick to remove from the streets anyone whose behavior might make the tourists uncomfortable, one place to put such people being the psychiatric ward. Moreover, during the tourist season the population can be inflated by temporary workers from other islands, people who do not feature in the population census but may require hospital admission.
In some societies these missed groups constitute so small a percentage of the total that they can be ignored, but only a slight knowledge of rural Texas even into the 1970s suggests that they were substantial there. Accordingly, one does not know what weight to put on Jaco's finding that the "Anglo-Americans" had so much more psychosis than the two minorities, and as far as I am aware no further work was done to explore this finding. It seems that most local psychiatrists took it as reflecting merely the differential access to services, rather than a real difference in vulnerability.
With any type of research data whatever, there are going to be weak or faulty elements, but even with the poorest material, the researcher should ask himself: What can we salvage from this? 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.
Comparative Psychiatry: The International and Intercultural Distribution of Mental Illness by Professor Dr. Henry B. M. Murphy (auth.)