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January 1961

Psychiatric Outpatient ClinicAn Analysis of a Population Sample

Author Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, Rothschild Hadassah University Hospital and Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;4(1):60-73. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710070062008

1. Introduction  One of the serious problems confronting modern psychiatry is contained in the question: What kind of help can psychiatrists offer to what kind of people? In the past 10 years this question has increasingly preoccupied psychiatrists. Valuable information has been gathered in terms of the kind of people and of the treatments offered and in terms of the importance of the social class to which the patient or prospective patient belongs and its influence on the kind of treatment offered or finally given. Redlich et al.14 and Maclver and Redlich12 have shown the class distribution of a census of psychiatric patients in New Haven and the relation of class to the kind of treatment given. Redlich, Hollingshead, and Bellis,15 Schaffer and Myers,19 and Hollingshead and Redlich8 have gone further into the problem of social class of patients and the kind

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