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December 15, 1962

Automation Techniques in Personality Assessment: The Problem and Procedure

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.
From the Section of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation.

JAMA. 1962;182(11):1069-1072. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050500001001

The REPORT of the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health1 more specifically and lucidly than any statement on the human needs, rights, and dignity of psychiatric patients in recent years, charges the nation with an obligation to correct the errors of omission and commission on which the welfare of the mentally ill founders. It looks to the enfranchisement of these handicapped whose plight of dislocation is a consequence of the centrifugal forces of a society in rapid change.

The pall of deficiencies of every sort which starkly confronts remedial efforts is all but crushing by its sheer magnitude, if by nothing else. If the present model of medical care for the nation's sick and injured is a paradigm for what is needed for the mentally sick, it is obvious that in the foreseeable future there will not be an adequate number of psychiatrists to do the job. It