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Abby's DealAbby’s Deal:
A History of the Concord, Massachusetts Community Mental Health Center
By John F. Merrifield, M.D.

Readers' Comments

An arresting account of the history of Concord Mental Health Center. . . . The decades from 1969 to 2006 reflect major shifts in treatment as well as the public’s -attitudes towards mental illness.  Abby’s Deal provides a good way to trace just how far we have come.”

—Lois Pulliam, former trustee, Metropolitan State Hospital; NAMI volunteer

This is the book for anyone interested in the evolution of the community mental health movement. Through the detailed study of the history of the Concord Community Mental Health Center, Dr. Merrifield chronicles the hopes and struggles of the early pioneers of providing community services. ”

—Marylou Sudders, former Commissioner of Mental Health, Massachusetts

John Merrifield has given us a fascinating history of the major changes in the treatment of mental illness through the past 50 years. He is able to give an inside look at the successes and the difficulties in making the transition from state-run mental hospitals to community-based care.”

—Win Hindle, Former Chair of Emerson Health Care Foundation and Member of the Board of Directors of Emerson Hospital

Dr. Merrifield has done us all a great favor by recounting, in carefully researched detail, the history of the ‘rise and fall’ of one particular CMHC. One can only hope that the health planners of today will listen to some of his hard earned wisdom.”

—Peter B. Randolph, M.D, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine;  Past Director/Superintendent, Bay Cove CMHC, Boston, Massachusetts

ISBN 1-931807-54-X, 296 pages, 6x9 trade paper, 65 photos and illustrations, $19.00

Ordering Information

To order by mail, send check for $24 ($19+$5 s&h) to John Merrifield, 17 Smith Ave., Lexington, MA 02421

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