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May 1948

If A Man Be Mad.

Arch NeurPsych. 1948;59(5):684-685. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02300400120011

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Abstract

Dissatisfaction with public hospital care of the mentally ill has recently shown a healthy tendency to a national increase. The popular interest in psychologic themes and in the problems of mental health and ill health finds a certain practical reflection in the susceptibility of members of the medical profession and the more intelligent members of the laity to an arousal of guilt feelings regarding the generally shabby and inadequate provisions made by the public hospital. Numerous books, magazine articles and even some moving pictures have recently served this function. Members of the medical profession are apt to take refuge in one of two highly justified, but not entirely satisfactory, positions—to say either that "Not being a psychiatrist I have no more to do with this than any other citizen," or "Even though I am a psychiatrist or an interested citizen, the administration of the public hospitals is out of my

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