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September 26, 1931


Author Affiliations

Associate Medical Officer, the National Committee for Mental Hygiene NEW YORK

JAMA. 1931;97(13):910-913. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730130014004

If the personal visits and letters of inquiry that come to the National Committee for Mental Hygiene furnish any correct indication, medical students and physicians in numbers greater than ever before are taking an interest in psychiatry and its ally, mental hygiene. Determination of each of the many factors responsible for this mounting interest is by no means apparent, although one of these factors in all certainty is a liberalizing of traditional medical attitudes which disregarded the fact that the whole patient became sick. Today the inseparability of psychologic and physiologic elements in every human illness is no longer an academic matter, and the modern physician and medical student are coming rapidly to the conviction that a therapy which ignores the need for attention to emotional elements as well as to organic ones is likely to be an incompletely effective therapy. Indeed, not a few of these medical students and

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