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Social psychiatry is defined by the author in its widest context as "the social factors associated with the living experiences of potential patients." Dr. Jones, who developed the concept of the therapeutic community, articulates the role of milieu therapy as the significant factor in permitting the patient to give up the sick role. By these concepts Dr. Jones has changed the scope of psychiatry from a narrow medical speciality to a dynamic force with implications for penology, pedagogy, and other disciplines.
These lectures were presented at George Washington University in May, 1960, when he was awarded the Isaac Ray award by the American Psychiatric Association. The themes cover the areas of changing communities, hospitals, and prisons. In our attempt to be scientific we have avoided the crucial issues of what is social adequacy or what is a useful life. One may not be able to answer these questions satisfactorily, but
Lunsky LL. Social Psychiatry.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(4):511-512. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860160137037