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June 8, 1946


Author Affiliations

Neuropsychiatrist, Captain, MC (S), U.S.N.R.

JAMA. 1946;131(6):551. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870230057022

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To the Editor:—  An editorial comment in The Journal, May 4, suggests the term "physiatrist" for physicians who specialize in physical medicine. Many lay folk now have difficulty determining the spelling and significance of the words psychiatry, psychiatrist and psychologist. "Physiatrist" will further confuse. Psychiatrists will be answering calls from patients seeking physiatrists. Physiatrists will be embarrassed by unwelcome maniacal and paranoid guests. "Physiatrician," the second of three terms suggested, is discriminated better. That he is a physician rather than a lay healer is denoted by the last syllable of this term.Please publish my protest to the term "Physiatrist."

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