Psychiatric Administration: A Comprehensive Text for the Clinician-Executive was published during a period in which the field of psychiatry demanded such a text. After World War II, psychiatry expanded its boundaries to an extent never experienced before. All of a sudden and at a worldwide level, society realized that psychiatric illness could affect anyone and that it had no limits with respect to race, ethnicity, culture, or socioeconomic status, as was clearly demonstrated during the World War II period. In addition, during the early 1960s, under President Kennedy's leadership, the fields of psychiatry and mental health were given priority, relevance, and conceptualization that had not been seen during the history of mankind, anywhere in the world. The fact that the federal government attempted to reach all mentally ill people and to provide them with comprehensive mental health care at a community level was unparalleled. New programs were created and new services were expanded, including primary prevention services. Unfortunately, this dream never fully materialized.