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May 1957

PRACTICE OF PSYCHIATRY AROUND THE WORLD

Author Affiliations

V Luna General Hospital (AFP) Quezon City, Philippines

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(5):556. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330350122020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I should like to call your attention to the article by Dr. James L. McCartney published in the June, 1956, issue of the Archives, page 648, entitled "The Practice of Psychiatry Around the World." In that part of his paper concerning the Philippines, pages 651-652, he misrepresents not only the Philippine psychiatric workers, few as they are and working with all the handicaps their more fortunate colleagues in the United States do not experience, but also the integrity of the armed forces of the Philippines. I believe that this was the result of a "scientific method" of investigation done in a short-cut manner.I learned later that he dropped in on our shore as a sort of traveling tourist and stayed overnight. Possibly he talked to some local psychiatric informers who happened to be antagonistic to army psychiatrists, so that, by hearsay, an authoritative story of our

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