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June 24, 1939


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From the Buffalo State Hospital, Buffalo, N. Y.

JAMA. 1939;112(25):2577-2581. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800250001001

Any specialized branch of medicine which fails to provide for a mutual understanding between itself and other branches will become stifled with its own unpractical theories. Ultimately new ideas are tested at the bedside, and this holds true for psychiatry as well as for other branches. Psychiatry needs help from general physicians, specialists and research workers, and in return it has much to offer. The lack of understanding between psychiatry and the other branches of medicine is due to several factors which will be discussed here. As a general physician who has undertaken the study of neuropsychiatry, I feel that I am in a position to point out the causes for this lack of understanding. Unfortunately there is too much institutional red tape to allow the state hospital psychiatrists to maintain a liaison between their work and those in the active practice of medicine.

Part of the misunderstanding arises from