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August 27, 1932

CURRENT CRITICISMS OF PSYCHIATRY

Author Affiliations

ALBANY, N. Y.

JAMA. 1932;99(9):710-714. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740610008003
Abstract

This paper refers to fourteen articles containing criticisms of mental hygiene and psychiatry, which have appeared in magazines or medical journals during the past four years. They have been written by physicians, welfare workers, journalists and others, and have appeared in such publications as The Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, American Journal of Diseases of Children, Lancet, New York State Medical Journal and Outlook and Independent, and in editorial pagesof the New York Times and in the New York World Telegram. They have been printed under such titles as "The Menace of Psychiatry," "The Legend of the Prevention of Mental Diseases," "Psychiatric Bunk," "Psychiatry, the Weak Sister of Medicine" and "We've Gone Psychiatric."

The criticisms are chiefly unfavorable, although some are otherwise. While it is generally wise to ignore adverse comments, the object here is to try to clarify certain facts rather than

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