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November 4, 1922

Mental Diseases. A Public Health Problem.

JAMA. 1922;79(19):1633. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640190071041

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This is not a textbook of mental diseases. In Part I, which occupies the first 250 pages, Dr. May has compiled from many sources a mass of extremely valuable data, statistical and historical, which demonstrate the wide contact of psychiatry with problems of modern social life, indicate the growth and present status of psychiatric science and of the public care of mental disease, and point out the need for a common ground to serve as a basis for statistical studies essential for determining causes, and thus laying the foundation for rational steps towards prevention. This portion of the book can be most heartily recommended to the consideration of physicians and others interested in this most important field of public health work. Part II is a condensed account of the history, characteristics and relations with other systems of nomenclature of the various types of mental disease which comprise the standard classification

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