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September 1950


Author Affiliations


From the Division of Neuropsychiatry, Department of Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(3):437-447. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310270126008

PSYCHIATRY has moved far from the mere custodial care of the insane. One psychiatrist may have an entirely different type of practice from another. One may devote himself to the care of hospitalized psychotic patients, and another may work with children or adults in the field of mental hygiene. One may "specialize" in the care of mentally defective patients, alcoholic patients, drug addicts or criminals, and another may give intensive psychoanalytic therapy. Again, one may have a sort of "general practice" of psychiatry. The closer his working association with other doctors of medicine, the more likely it is that the psychiatrist's practice will be general.

This paper is a statistical study of the practice of one such psychiatrist during the twelve month period from July 1, 1948 to June 30, 1949. The work was done in a general hospital, which has approximately 600 beds, 30 or more of which are