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March 4, 1939

Research in Mental Hospitals: A Survey and Tentative Appraisal of Research Activities, Facilities and Possibilities in State Hospitals and Other Tax-Supported Institutions for the Mentally III and Defective in the United States

JAMA. 1939;112(9):874. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800090084029

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By information collected through questionnaires, personal interviews and visits, a survey was made of existing facilities for research in mental problems in private hospitals and public institutions. This book constitutes an appraisal of that review. It was found that twenty of the 273 public institutions could be designated as research centers because of the character and quality of their investigatory work, the caliber of their personnel and the resources at their disposal for scientific study. In addition there are thirty-two public-supported hospitals that offer distinct possibilities for research work. Furthermore the report estimates that there are 150 of the 1,700 staff physicians in the public mental institutions of the country who show a definite interest in and ability for investigative work. The survey furnishes tangible evidence that a creditable beginning has been made in the development of research in public institutions and that further desirable expansion might be fostered with

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