Chaiwat Satha-Anand is a professor of political science at Thammasat University (Bangkok, Thailand). His most recent publications include Imagined Land: The State and Southern Violence in Thailand and Essays on the Three Prophets: Nonviolence, Murder, and Forgiveness.
Olivier Urbain is director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. His publications include Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy of Peace and the editing of Music and Conflict Transformation.
Based on completely documented reports of individual members and symposium discussions, Psychiatry and Public Affairs examines four major areas of public interest: the social responsibility of psychiatry, emphasizing the psychiatric aspects of school desegregation; psychiatry's role in international relations and understanding cross-cultural communication and working abroad; studies of forceful indoctrination or "brainwashing" and the social and psychiatric implications of the threat of nuclear war.
Contributors and contributions included here are "Physical and Social Isolation," Jack Vernon; "Psychiatric Aspects of Chinese Thought Reform," Robert J. Lifton; "Patterns of Reactions to Severe Chronic Stress in American Army POWs to the Chinese," Edgar H. Schein; "The Coming Struggle for More Responsibility," Pare Lorentz; "Some Implications of the Fall-Out Problem," Maurice B. Visscher; "Psychological Aspects of the Nuclear Arms Race," Franklin C. McLean; "Solitary Confinement," Milton Meltzer; and "Sleep Deprivation," David Tyler. Psychiatry and Public Affairs explores ideas and problems on the advancing edge of psychiatry.
The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) envisages a continuing program of work according to the following aims: to collect and appraise significant data in the field of psychiatry, mental health, and human relations; to re-evaluate old concepts and to develop and test new ones; and to apply the knowledge thus obtained fo