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May 1961

COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRY: A CRITICISM OF DR. ROSS'S ARTICLE

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;4(5):522-523. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710110092013

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Abstract

To the Editor:—Although it may not be ordinary practice to publish criticism, in the case of articles of opinion, it would seem fair that you might deviate from this policy. I wish to take strong exception to the article by Dr. Mathew Ross in the November Archives of General Psychiatry. I feel this way because of Dr. Ross's unique position coupled with the liberal use of the editorial "we." In this letter I will use the uncomfortable "I" and hope that when opinions are expressed in our field, others will not take refuge behind the editorial "we."

The first part of the article, stating the case for community psychiatry, is excellent. It is the second part, describing his course of action, to which I object. Basically his premise states that psychiatrists must go to the community with our medical brethren and by doing so we will impart a

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