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February 21, 1966

Treatment of Psychosocial Crises in the Emergency Service of a General Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

JAMA. 1966;195(8):626-628. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080066017

Emergency facilities in metropolitan general hospitals have been facing increasing demands in recent years with a corresponding increase in the number of patients with psychosocial crises. A flexible and multidisciplinary approach to these problems is considered to be the most effective means of handling them and of applying principles of crisis intervention. The ranks of the flexible and assiduous practicing general psychiatrists are the obviously desirable sources of the senior personnel required.