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March 16, 1963


JAMA. 1963;183(11):25-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700110001001

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AMA Testifies on President's Mental Health-Retardation Programs.  —The American Medical Association endorsed the Administration's proposals to combat mental retardation and improve mental health.The AMA "heartily approved of the concern shown by the President of the United States... over what we consider to be America's most pressing and complex health problem," testified Dr. Charles L. Hudson of Cleveland, member of the AMA Board of Trustees.Presenting the AMA position to a Senate Labor and Public Welfare subcommittee as it opened hearings on the President's programs, Hudson declared: "The magnitude of this problem need not be argued; it is shown in such familiar statistics as the fact that one out of every two hospital beds in the United States is occupied by a mental patient. The action of this committee can have a profound effect on the health of the people of our country."The witness pointed out that the AMA