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November 15, 1941

Mental Disease and Social Welfare

JAMA. 1941;117(20):1749. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820460087036

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This is a volume of collected studies made by the author during the past twenty years. There are sixteen studies, all of which, with the exception of one dealing with mental disease in Peru, are statistical in nature. They are composed of long tables, careful discussions and competent interpretations of a number of facts which those interested in mental disease should be acquainted with. There are studies of mental disease with relation to suicide and crime, with expectation of becoming mentally ill, economic loss due to mental disease, trends in dementia paralytica, various factors in heredity and environment in causing manic depressive psychosis and dementia praecox. Two papers consider alcohol; one deals with its relation to alcoholic mental disease before, during and after prohibition and the second one concerns thirty years of alcoholic mental disease in New York State. Space does not permit a detailed discussion of the conclusions drawn

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