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April 5, 1913


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JAMA. 1913;60(14):1057-1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340140019006

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I am firmly of the opinion that mental diseases should be taught just as are other diseases, namely, both didactically and clinically, and, as far as possible, the teaching should be brought into relation with internal medicine; for if there is one truth that our knowledge of the subject justifies, it is that the insane man is a sick man. The teaching should be of such a nature that when the student finally enters practice, he will be able to recognize the common and every-day forms in which mental disease manifests itself. It is the general practitioner, the family doctor, who sees the sick man first and the doctor should be sufficiently well informed to be able to recognize the mental diseases in their early stages. He should also know what to do under given conditions, when to commit and when not to commit a patient to an asylum and

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