The authors, who visited the People's Republic of China in October 1977,
describe the treatment methods used there, particularly in the Shanghai
Mental Hospital, a 1,000-bed hospital for acutely ill patients. Psychiatric
treatment there appears to be a blend of Western pharmacology, traditional
Chinese medicine, and group therapy. The authors also speculate on the
possible cultural sources of stress- related and interpersonal problems,
provide a review of the literature regarding psychiatry in modern China,
and outline the history of psychiatric treatment there.