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September 29, 1956


Author Affiliations

University of Nebraska College of Medicine Omaha 5.

JAMA. 1956;162(5):517. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970220081019

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To the Editor:—  The number of new drugs being introduced for the treatment of the mentally ill, the lack of a standardized system of reporting treatment results, and the conflicting reports as to the effectiveness and indications for the various preparations require that a state establish its own continuing drug evaluation program. In order that such a system of evaluation may function efficiently, personnel must be trained to evaluate behavioral change, this evaluation should be based on direct observation that may be communicated, patients must be categorized to allow for the comparison of comparable groups, and a pattern of procedure must be established to avoid delay in implementing the testing of new products. In addition to the immediate need for the determination of the effectiveness of a recommended therapy, a basic research program must be encouraged by providing specialized personnel and the necessary laboratory facilities for the psychiatrist and those

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