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April 1959

The Psychiatric Hospital as a Small Society.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(4):522-523. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340160120018

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The hospital of which Caudill writes is the Yale Psychiatric Institute. Caudill was brought there in 1949 by Redlich, who, in his interesting foreword to this volume, enumerates reasons why it is unlikely that an anthropologist will again collect data under the guise of being himself a patient. But Caudill has again employed the effective method known as field work, including, this time, quantification of certain of his data, plus a TAT-type of picture-interview.

Unlike the field-work study done by Stanton and Schwartz, Caudill reports upon an entire hospital rather than a single ward. The impact of his study has long since been felt in the Yale Hospital, according to Redlich, who also comments that "there is no doubt in my mind that psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses, and other ward personnel have much to learn from such a social scientist" working in the hospital along