Mental hygiene is now accepted not as a theory of human behavior, as erroneously referred to by many in the early days of its development, but as a movement, in a broad sense, for improving the care and treatment of the mentally ill, preventing mental disorder and preserving mental health. With these crystallized purposes it had its inception in this country in 1908 at the organization of the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene by Mr. Clifford W. Beers. In the following year Mr. Beers founded the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, of which he became the first secretary, which position he has held continuously up to the present time. Many are familiar with the colorful life of Mr. Beers and his outstanding achievement in having been able to enlist and hold the interest and support of numerous influential citizens of America, both lay and professional. Among the latter are such
GARDNER WE. MENTAL HYGIENE AS RELATED TO THE PSYCHONEUROSES: CLINICAL LECTURE AT SAN FRANCISCO SESSION. JAMA. 1938;111(12):1094–1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790380003009
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