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September 1961

Current Status of Mental Health Manpower

Author Affiliations

The Washington Clinic, Washington, D.C.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(3):266-275. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710150048008

Some Observations on the Extent of Manpower Shortage

1. The Congressional Inquiry on Mental Illness conducted by the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (1953) concluded its hearings with the judgment that the country needed at least twice as many psychiatrists as were then available.

2. The Medical Director (Dr. Daniel Blain) of the American Psychiatric Association showed in 1956 that we are gaining in psychiatric manpower only at the rate of 450 per year, which means that it would take about 20 years to double the present number, by which time the general population would have increased to such an extent that there would be no net increase in the ratio of psychiatrists to the population. Public hospital psychiatry would be even worse off, if conditions continue as they are now. Of the 450 new psychiatrists gained each year, only 200 are going into state

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