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October 7, 1950

Thomas W. Salmon, Psychiatrist

JAMA. 1950;144(6):509. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060071053

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Abstract

The author presents an intimate personality picture and life story of Dr. Thomas W. Salmon as an outstanding American pioneer in psychiatry and particularly in the field of mental hygiene. Dr. Salmon's part in establishing the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, his work as Chief of Army Psychiatry for the A.E.F. in World War I and his important influence and activity in the introduction of modern psychiatry in United States medical schools are recounted in detail.

The author, a friend and close associate of Dr. Salmon for many years, presents us with a picture of a man of glowing personality with a genius for understanding the feelings of people in trouble. Dr. Salmon's wide vision and humanism in his approach to the most socially significant aspects of psychiatry are fully emphasized. His selfless devotion to service, which led to the extreme of complete neglect of his own personal health, was

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