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Council on Mental Health
October 12, 1964

Leadership in Community Mental Health

JAMA. 1964;190(2):159-163. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070150069025

NO GREATER MEDICAL problem exists than that of devising improved methods of treating the mentally ill and at the same time formulating effective ways of preventing such illness whenever and wherever possible.

The impetus to improve the care of the mentally ill and develop better programs for raising the level of mental health in the nation is probably greater than most physicians realize. The medical profession will either have to assume strong leadership in this rapidly changing field or run the risk of having this role taken over by other disciplines. In view of the central importance of medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, it would be most unfortunate if professions with more peripheral interests were to assume the primary positions of leadership, but this is what they may do if medicine does not discharge the responsibilities that so clearly belong to it.

Congress on Mental Health 

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