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Predictions about the life of the physician in the year 2000 were offered by a group of physicians, scientists, and educators who participated in the University of Pennsylvania's sixth annual Conference on Graduate Medical Education, Dec 3 and 4 in Philadelphia.
Theme for the meeting was Medicine in the Year 2000, and speakers covered a wide variety of topics, including automation, mental illness, gerontology, and space medicine.
Seymour S. Kety, MD, chief of the National Institute of Mental Health Laboratory of Clinical Science, said that "By the year 2000, we still will not have a pill to cure schizophrenia."
He added that "the number of mentally disturbed people probably will not be reduced, but the program will be much more intelligent and humane. The very young, empirical science of psychopharmacology will make new strides. More specific psychotropic drugs will be available. Tranquilizers and antidepressants will be improved."
Osler L. Peterson,
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