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December 19, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(25):2069. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770510059023

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To the Editor:—  Today it is generally acknowledged that, in the treatment of many patients, more is accomplished from the recognition and proper management of their mental conflicts than from the diagnosis and treatment of their somatic disturbances; not infrequently in our patients no organic disease is primarily responsible for their complaints. To put it another way, mind plays a large part in the mechanism of illness. All of this calls for a better knowledge of psychiatry on the part of practitioners than most of them have.How to correct this situation is an important pedagogic problem of today. Better teaching of psychiatry now is being given in our medical schools, but this is not enough.With a realization that patients at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital would be better treated if those primarily responsible for their care knew more of the fundamental principles of psychiatry, I sought a means

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