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July 28, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;128(13):966-967. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860300056018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent) June 30, 1945.

The Future of Psychiatry  The Royal College of Physicians, the British Medical Association and the Royal Medico-Psychological Association during the past year have been formulating their views on the future of psychiatry. As these views are so similar, it was decided to publish them in a joint memorandum. This points out that in recent years psychiatry has been brought into increasingly close relation with general medicine. Historically psychiatry developed as the method of treatment of those whose mental illness necessitated segregation. It is now recognized that this distinction, however important socially, is medically irrelevant, for there is only a difference of degree between the majority of the patients in a mental hospital and the far more numerous sufferers from less severe mental disorders outside. The proportion of the general population requiring treatment in mental hospitals is 3.9 per thousand. But much more

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