February 5, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(6):417-418. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680320053022

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Psychiatry in the Spanish Army  Lieut. Col. Santos Rubiano of the Spanish army medical corps, and head of the Cienpozuelos psychiatric clinic, gave a lecture before the National Academy of Medicine on the present condition of psychiatry in the army. The admission rate for mental diseases is not large in army hospitals as compared to that for other diseases. As regards hospital stay, the figures appear relatively large, as mental cases exceed in this respect even syphilis. Admissions of mental cases have steadily increased since 1919, but this increase has been parallel to the increased size of the army. Among the mental cases are not included those of delinquency, suicide or epilepsy.As regards mental care, Spain is today far below its achievements in surgery and communicable diseases prevention. In order to weed out mental derelicts already enrolled in the army, the only step has consisted in introducing the teaching

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