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December 31, 1938


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JAMA. 1938;111(27):2449-2451. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790530003002

Mental hygiene stresses the integration of the person —body, mind, environment. It draws where it will and can for its bases. We who are medically oriented naturally turn to concepts not too unfamiliar in our background, trying always to coalesce them with other concepts coming from other fields, such as psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, economics. None of us can avoid bias and none of us can see the person wholly either analyzed or synthesized—the parts working harmoniously as an integrated whole. So we find ourselves channeling in our reading and in our experience certain ways of grasping the meaning of the behavior we study—channels that we know are not wholly valid because they need yet more integration with others, but nevertheless channels that serve us as routes toward a more workable dealing with the problems before us.

In this sense I have appropriated and developed within my thinking certain concepts, mainly

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