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August 17, 1946


JAMA. 1946;131(16):1364-1374. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870330110018

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Aug. 12, 1946.

Congress Scraps Funds for Mental Health Institute  Congress dropped from the final appropriation bill $4,358,000 which was to finance the first year of the proposed coordinated national program to fight mental sickness, as well as $850,000 which was to have started the central workshop in the suggested $7,500,000 neuropsychiatric research institute at Bethesda, Md. The U. S. Public Health Service had announced that construction of the new institute, which was to have an annual budget of $10,000,000, would be completed in two years. Dr. Dale C. Cameron, assistant to Dr. Robert Felix, chief of the Division of Mental Hygiene, stated that enabling legislation signed July 3 by President Truman would make the institute a reality in that time. Selective Service officials have stated that 1,100,000 men were disqualified for military service because of mental disorders.

Patterson and Bradley Pledge Intensified Research 

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