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August 13, 1932


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JAMA. 1932;99(7):538-542. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740590018005

It is a frequent experience to have a medical confrère ask, "What do you do for your patients in the sanatorium?" This question would be asked only about a hospital for patients with mental disorders. All physicians are well acquainted with measures of treatment in the general hospital, but to most of them hospitalization of patients with mental disease means only diagnosis and custody. It is my purpose in this paper to report the therapeutic measures used in a modern psychiatric hospital where my associates and I are attempting to put into practice the principles of dynamic psychiatry.

A patient comes to the hospital not with symptoms, but with problems. What can be done for him? It is not sufficient that he be made physically comfortable; rest and freedom from responsibility alone will not satisfy his psychologic needs. His problems must be studied intensively, interpreted and a solution attempted. This

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