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February 17, 1999

Licensing Boards and the Stigma of Mental Illness

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(7):606-607. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-7-jbk0217

To the Editor: There was a time when people with mental illnesses were subject to inhumane treatment and left to die. There was a time when healers had to project a holier-than-thou image by submitting themselves to some demanding codes of conduct. I think the behavior of the medical boards, as described in the article by Dr Miles,1 has traveled unmodified from that yonder past to modern times.