May 16, 1966

Relations Between Psychiatry and Psychology

JAMA. 1966;196(7):666. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100200106040

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To the Editor:—  I found the article to be seriously lacking in two principle areas. It came as something of a shock to find the relationship between the medical specialist in psychiatry and the clinical psychologist overlooked. This is an area of continuing difficulty. I feel that for Dr. Dickel to disregard the position of the medical specialist in this particular field is to negate the effectiveness that his article might otherwise have had.Although skirting the periphery, the article evaded the area of greatest conflict between the medical specialist and the clinical psychologist—the current trend to an assumption of treatment responsibility by the nonmedical specialist in mental health fields.

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