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In recent years, progressive liberalization has occurred in the interpretation of industrial compensation laws. Elsewhere in this issue (p 345), Brill and Glass have summarized the decisive role which psychiatric factors have in the settlement of such claims. Physicians serving industry either directly or in a consulting capacity must be alert to the need for more precise clarification of the many interrelated mental-health aspects in these cases. The physician's interest in the medical features and treatment of disability is not always consonant with the major aim of legal procedure, which is the settlement of a dispute rather than rehabilitation of a patient.
Psychiatric factors are frequently of key importance in the screening and placement of employees, and apply specifically to the worker returning to his job after psychiatric illness. A "Guide for Evaluating Employability after Psychiatric Illness" was presented in an earlier issue (181:1086-1089 [Sept 22] 1962). With this
THE PSYCHIATRIC FACTOR IN COMPENSATION CASES. JAMA. 1965;193(5):389. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090050065020