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October 25, 1919

THE RANGE OF THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER IN PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS

JAMA. 1919;73(17):1253-1256. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610430001001
Abstract

One cannot help marveling at the progress made by psychiatry in the American medical scene. But the standing of psychiatrists and the prominence of psychiatric topics among medical men at large is more than paralleled perhaps by the vogue of psychiatrists and psychiatry in the broader circles of mental hygiene. It has been my privilege, as delegate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to attend in the last few years many meetings of nonmedical workers, such as meetings of social workers, psychologists, general scientific workers, and even of teachers of philosophy; and I can report that this associate medical world (if we may call it so) is ready to go more than half way in meeting physicians on a mental hygiene platform. Too eager to enter on unsuitable tasks are these non-medical workers, some advocates of a Little Medicine might aver. But the Greater Medicine should open its arms to what

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