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Psychiatric Nosology and Midtown Manhattan Study

Psychiatric Nosology and Midtown Manhattan Study Abstract To the Editor.— The Midtown Manhattan Study, now reporting on its third wave of interviews, was initiated in the 1950s by Rennie and continued by Srole and his colleagues. It is unarguably a major epidemiologic study of the possible impact of urban conditions on the mental health of a metropolitan population, uses very high standards in its methods, and pays attention to the representativeness of the sample selected for interviews and to the rate of response. Dr Srole and his coauthor now innovatively apply cohort analysis to data from the most recent reinterview in "The Midtown Manhattan Longitudinal Study vs 'The Mental Paradise Lost' Doctrine: A Controversy Joined" (p 209). Although their methodology met a high standard in 1950 and maintains this standard as we approach 1980, we must take issue with their current conceptual approach to mental health and illness.From our reading, the authors seem to hold to References 1. Weissman MM, Klerman GL: Epidemiology of mental disorders: Emerging trends . Arch Gen Psychiatry 35:705-712, 1978.Crossref 2. Weissman MM, Myers JK, Harding PS: Psychiatric disorders in a United States urban community: 1975-76 . Am J Psychiatry 135:459-462, 1978. 3. Robins L: Diagnostic Interview Schedule . Rockville, Md, Center for Epidemiologic Studies, National Institute of Mental Health, 1979. 4. Weissman MM: The myth of involutional melancholia . JAMA 242:742-744, 1979.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of General Psychiatry American Medical Association

Psychiatric Nosology and Midtown Manhattan Study

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1980 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-990X
eISSN
1598-3636
DOI
10.1001/archpsyc.1980.01780150119015
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.— The Midtown Manhattan Study, now reporting on its third wave of interviews, was initiated in the 1950s by Rennie and continued by Srole and his colleagues. It is unarguably a major epidemiologic study of the possible impact of urban conditions on the mental health of a metropolitan population, uses very high standards in its methods, and pays attention to the representativeness of the sample selected for interviews and to the rate of response. Dr Srole and his coauthor now innovatively apply cohort analysis to data from the most recent reinterview in "The Midtown Manhattan Longitudinal Study vs 'The Mental Paradise Lost' Doctrine: A Controversy Joined" (p 209). Although their methodology met a high standard in 1950 and maintains this standard as we approach 1980, we must take issue with their current conceptual approach to mental health and illness.From our reading, the authors seem to hold to References 1. Weissman MM, Klerman GL: Epidemiology of mental disorders: Emerging trends . Arch Gen Psychiatry 35:705-712, 1978.Crossref 2. Weissman MM, Myers JK, Harding PS: Psychiatric disorders in a United States urban community: 1975-76 . Am J Psychiatry 135:459-462, 1978. 3. Robins L: Diagnostic Interview Schedule . Rockville, Md, Center for Epidemiologic Studies, National Institute of Mental Health, 1979. 4. Weissman MM: The myth of involutional melancholia . JAMA 242:742-744, 1979.Crossref

Journal

Archives of General PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 1980

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