The authors have compiled a comprehensive reading list of books on psychiatry to fill the need for a guide for teachers in psychiatry, and ancillary fields, in the planning and development of systems of education. The authors note that the list is obviously too long for indiscriminate prescription by teachers in psychiatry and have increased its usefulness by starring of items in each category which appear of outstanding significance. The preparation of the book itself and the selection of the starred items was carried out by consultation with many colleagues in the field of psychiatry and in allied fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, nursing and social work. Books included are selected only from books published prior to 1949.
The list is divided into two parts. Part 1, a guide to psychiatric books, includes titles under basic disciplines of the field, titles in the various specialized fields of psychiatry, psychiatric therapies