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October 1938

The Mentally Ill in America.

Arch NeurPsych. 1938;40(4):855-856. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270100227019

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Written simply, from the point of view of the social historian rather than of the psychiatrist, Mr. Deutsch's contribution not merely relates the specialist to the roots of his profession but orients him in the present scene in relation to the scientific controversy as one aspect of social processes. The slow and irregular reification of ideas amid conflicts of interests, the influence of individual personalities on mass indifference, the reaction after attainment of some moderately enlightened objective, subsequently to be rebelled against, appear in these five hundred pages as manifestations of the living, struggling, social organism.

The present scene, with many parts of the country lagging far behind available knowledge and others with procedures and provisions long established, emerges as the mosaic of the cultural, social and economic history of the nation. The influences on the treatment accorded the mentally ill not only of economics and politics but also of

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