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September 8, 1928

Mental Hospitals and the Public: The Need for Closer Cooperation.

JAMA. 1928;91(10):747. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700100059029

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The mental hygiene movement has grown to large proportions in the past few years and popular views of the meaning of mental disease have changed greatly. In this small pamphlet, the author traces the origin of the special hospital for mental diseases and the divergence from the general hospital with the object mainly of emphasizing the need of their reunion. With this in view he outlines the attitude of the general public and of the press toward mental hospitals and urges the necessity for a better understanding and a real interest. In this it is essential that the general physician take an intelligent part and this pamphlet can be recommended as giving an excellent summary of the facts; many of the illustrations are taken from American hospitals.

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