This book, which is a thoughtful summary of the relationship of the patient to the family, is a result of studies made at Cornell University Medical College in cooperation with the faculties of public health, medicine and psychiatry and the New York Hospital, with its social service department and with the Community Service Society.
Dr. Richardson considers the subject in its broad aspects, beginning his thesis with the relationship of several families to the hospital, both with its outpatient and with its inservice facilities. In this part of the book he shows how definitely related illness is to the family status, medical, economic and social.
In a chapter on "Family Equilibrium" he shows the factors which characterize the interrelationships of persons as members of the family. He speaks of imitation, identification, dominance of individuals, family focus, motivations and cultural effects. After giving illustrations of these factors in the family life