March 1960

To Whom It May Concern

Author Affiliations

Canoga Park, Calif.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(3):245-246. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590090001001

It is a current aphorism that mental illness is too vast a public health problem to be left to the psychiatrists themselves. Another well-worn homily is that increased communication between the psychiatrists and the family doctor is desirable.

In furtherance of the latter goal, we general practitioners are, at least quarterly, invited or solicited to attend some course, seminar, round table, lecture series, or workshop of the general title, “Psychiatry in General Practice.” Although, of course, we do not receive them, we are sure that psychiatrists are equally proselytized for courses on “General Practice in Psychiatry.” However, despite the good intent of all this academic communication, we feel that some message is not getting through to our instructors, and we should like to outline our discontent and need.

A round of the currently available postgraduate education in psychiatry is as edifying as a preface, followed

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