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July 28, 1951

THE SPECIALIST LOOKS AT EVERYDAY MEDICAL CARE IN INDUSTRY: PSYCHIATRY

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Oakland, Calif.

JAMA. 1951;146(13):1183-1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670130005002
Abstract

The psychiatric field has a large role to play in the department of industrial medicine. It cannot be overemphasized that many lost hours in terms of manpower could be saved by the consideration that employees are persons who react to even subtle stresses and tensions in the industrial facility as a whole, and that each employee brings to work the tensions of his own family relationship, as well as those from his own general social milieu. It has long been accepted that absenteeism, work slowdowns, and accident-proneness are influenced by such emotional tensions. The plant physician occupies a unique position between management and the worker. The position of the doctor in our culture allows for special confidence from the worker, even though the worker may consider that the doctor represents management. The doctor's attitudes can, therefore, be very influential with the worker, and if the doctor is to function to

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