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May 1957


Author Affiliations

Chairman New Zealand Branch

Hon. Secretary/Treasurer Ashburn Hall, P. Bag 934 Dunedin, New Zealand

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(5):556. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330350122019

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To the Editor:—  We refer to the article entitled "The Practice of Psychiatry Around the World," by James L. McCartney, published in the June 1956 issue of the Archives, page 648. In its account of psychiatry in New Zealand this paper contains a number of factual inaccuracies, the major ones being as follows:The title of our association is the "Australasian Association of Psychiatrists"; there is no "Australian Association of Psychiatrists."Psychiatric outpatient diagnostic services have been provided by the Health Department for over 30 years. The two psychiatrists mentioned as holding general hospital appointments conduct outpatient sessions for diagnosis and treatment. In the Dunedin Hospital the psychiatric department, staffed by the hospital board and the University of Otago, provides a full outpatient service, including a child guidance clinic, staffed on orthodox American or English lines. The psychiatric social worker is fully trained.The Mental Hygiene Division of the Health

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