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By pulling information from a wide variety of sources, these authors provide a fresh and optimistic look on improvements in the well-being of people with mental illness. A major contribution to the field. -- Steven Sharfstein, President and CEO of the Sheppard Pratt Health System An important and provocative addition to the literature dealing with health policy. -- Gerald N. Grob, Ph.D., Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, author of The Deadly Truth Professors Frank and Glied offer a broad-based and candid assessment of the evolution of mental health care in the United States and of how the well-being of people touched by mental health problems changed during the last half of the twentieth century. -- Rosalynn Carter, from the Foreword

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Richard G. Frank is the Morris Professor of Health Economics at Harvard University Medical School and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Sherry A. Glied is a professor in and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.


Offers many insights beneficial to the informed reader. -- David Mechanic New England Journal of Medicine The authors are true to their word in providing an excellent overview of changes in the last 50 years. They provide compelling evidence that the condition of many, if not most, persons with mental illness has improved during that period. JAMA Will be of greatest interest to students of mental health economics, services, and policy, but clinicians interested in the relationship between health policy and everyday practice will also find it useful. -- Burton V. Reifler International Psychogeriatrics Provides a necessary counterpart to much overenthusiastic optimism surrounding recent development in psychopharmacology and the neurosciences. -- Bonnie Evans Journal of Mental Health Offers a fascinating... historical analysis of mental health policy. -- Ellen Dwyer History of Psychiatry Should be assigned to every practitioner, mental health clinician, administrator, and advocate - as well as every legislator and policy maker-concerned with the status of Americans with serious mental illness. -- William Fisher Psychiatric Services If one... has time to read one book on mental health policy this year, this should be the one. -- Roger Meyer Health Affairs A comprehensive assessment of changes in the life conditions and well-being of persons with serious mental illnesses over the past five decades. -- Janet R. Nelson Clergy Journal A well-written and important work that provides a definitive look at the past and a glimpse into the future of mental health policy in America. -- Kathleen Brown RN, MSN, PhD Nursing History Review

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