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January 18, 1947

Toward Mental Health

JAMA. 1947;133(3):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880030065038

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This pamphlet is a condensed treatment of the mental hygiene problem in the United States during wartimes and after. It deals with fears, psychosomatic symptoms, war neuroses, moods, retreat from reality and such everyday manifestations of mental illness. It touches also on the organic psychoses and on behavior problems in children. It closes with a statement of the need for a national mental health program. It recognizes the National Committee for Mental Hygiene and the National Mental Health Foundation as organizations working toward better mental health. Like many of the Public Affairs pamphlets which deal factually with scientific and social problems and do not venture in the realm of political remedies for medicosocial illness, this is a useful publication which can be recommended by physicians to their patients interested in mental health problems.

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