Author: Silvano Arieti, Keith H. Brodie
Publisher: Created in the United States of America
At the end of the sixth volume of this Second Edition of the American Handbook of Psychiatry, I, as the editor-in-chief, began my concluding remarks with the following thoughts:
With this volume the second edition of the American Handbook of Psychiatry comes to a conclusion. A reading of its various tables of contents,or even a cursory perusal of a few sections, is sufficient to reveal its scope and magnitude.
If for a few seconds we suspend our scientific judgment and give our human propensity for metaphor free rein, what may come to mind is the building of a Medieval cathedral. In this Handbook, as in the cathedral, many people from different fields participated. They were united in the hard and long work by a common vision and aim, which we hope has been achieved, of giving an adequate representation of contemporary psychiatry.
When I wrote those sentences, I felt that the metaphor of the cathedral had ended. But just as many cathedrals have required additional work after they were thought to be completed, so too, I have come to believe, will the American Handbook of Psychiatry benefit from modification and improvement over time.