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September 26, 1942

Religion in Illness and Health

JAMA. 1942;120(4):323. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830390073035

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The author is the Protestant chaplain at the Worcester State Hospital, one of the largest and most progressive of the Massachusetts institutions for the insane. His position as a student of mental illness from the point of view of religion was established following the pioneer work of the Rev. Dr. Anton T. Boisen in the same hospital. Slowly the need for expansion outside the hospital became evident and a council for clinical training was incorporated, now the basis for teaching the care of the sick to theological students. The instruction is given in many general hospitals as well as in hospitals for the insane; but Worcester, as the pioneer center, holds an important place in the field of mental disease. It is felt by many, moreover, that psychiatric illness offers the most valuable training ground for the junior clergyman and on that assumption the author has written his text, broadly

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