Here’s a book many think should be required reading for all criminal prosecutors, lawyers, journalists and legislators in the Western world.
The author is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Birmingham in England. He has drawn upon literature of both the present day and the past to document what is currently known about women’s mental health as it relates to pregnancy, birth and its aftermath.
Maternal mental health is of vital importance. Many mothers caring for infants and small children suffer depression and other forms of mental illness. It is essential that they are understood, as a great deal can be done to help tham and to promote mental health in mothers. This book sets out to examine the great variety of disorders which occur during pregnancy and the post-partum period, and which make childbearing the most complex psychological event in human experience. There are chapters on infertility, mental health during pregnancy, child abuse, infanticide, and services for mentally-ill mothers. It also includes case descriptions and personal accounts of mothers afflicted by foetal and infant loss, post-partum depression, and mother-infant relationship disorders.
In his foreword Professor Paffenbarger wrote "What you hold in your hands is the distilled essence of years of personal experience and months of literature review and abstraction, [searching] for causes and intervention therapies of maternal mental illness. It is a magnificent collection from the world literature. Particularly valuable is the inclusion of comprehensive information from French, German and other foreign literature, both historical andcontemporary, material especially helpful in the English-speaking world."
Very minor wear to corners, but otherwise very good condition.