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June 1, 1940

Mental Health

JAMA. 1940;114(22):2244. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810220068030

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With Walter L. Treadway as chairman of the publication committee, the American Association for the Advancement of Science presents the fourth symposium in the field of public health. Preceding symposiums were devoted to cancer, tuberculosis and leprosy, and syphilis. The U. S. Public Health Service, National Committee for Mental Hygiene and the Mental Hospital Survey Committee collaborated in organizing the symposium. Some forty-nine papers and formal invited discussions as well as informal discussion comprise this most comprehensive survey of the field of mental health. An introductory comment on the aims and scope of the symposium, by Thomas M. Rivers, is followed by five sections, the first of which, Orientation and Methods in Psychiatric Research, presents the diverse approaches to research in psychiatry. Sources of Mental Disease, the Economic Aspects of Mental Health, Physical and Cultural Environment in Relation to the Conservation of Mental Health, Mental Health Administration, and Professional and

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