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May 23, 1966

The Acceptance of Clinical Psychology

JAMA. 1966;196(8):742. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100210112043

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Herman A. Dickel's fine, conciliatory article (195:365, 1966) on "The Physician and the Clinical Psychologist," opens up an important question: "During the past century, for several reasons, the medical profession has not shown the same interest in mental health as it has in physical health." It is a basic principle of medicine that if one knows the reasons for a disease, one is on the best road to achieving a cure. This is also true in regard to achieving insight and success in the areas of the physical and cultural sciences.The student of the history of medicine and of the sciences knows that there have been periods lasting decades during which leanings toward physical factors alternated with similar periods of leanings toward psychological and mental factors. Before the beginning of the present century a strongly physical orientation prevailed. The scientific slogan in the field

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