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June 30, 1945

PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF EMPLOYEE PROBLEMS

JAMA. 1945;128(9):638-639. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260012004
Abstract

Treatment of the many minor personality problems and maladjustments coming to the attention of the physician in industrial practice does not demand new or complicated technics so much as it does a more effective application of methods already at his disposal for influencing human beings and their relationships on the job. Psychotherapy is of course an integral part of all medical practice, but its special potentialities in the field of industrial relations have not received the emphasis they deserve. Not only the great number of dispensary calls which involve psychogenic disturbances either primarily or secondarily but also many of the other personality problems which harass industry could be more effectively handled if the role of the industrial physician included active and clearly defined psychotherapeutic functions. In dealing with pathologic aspects of industrial human relations the physician is constantly confronted with the need for brief psychotherapeutic technics which are both effective

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