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September 15, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;129(3):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860370036015

THE HERSHEY CONFERENCE ON PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION  The Hershey (Pa.) conference (Feb. 1, 2 and 3, 1945) was planned to discover ways of increasing the resources of psychiatry and general medicine to meet the needs of men returning from the armed services with neuropsychiatric disabilities other than psychosis.1 It was estimated that the number of men with such conditions may be considerably over 2,000,000: some 1,500,000 neuropsychiatric rejectees, 600,000 neuropsychiatric dischargees and 200,000 not so labeled but in whom a neurotic illness underlies or seriously complicates organic illness. The conclusion reached by the' conference was that the recognized need for professional help in overcoming psychiatric handicaps is already too great to be met with the resources at hand and will increase sharply with general demobilization, with the stress of adjustment to civilian life and especially with deterioration of employment opportunities. The conference has recommended several measures,

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