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March 22, 1947

Symposia on Present Day Social and Economic Aspects of National Health and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and American Participation in Its Activities

JAMA. 1947;133(12):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880120085030

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This collection of papers read before the American Philosophical Society in April 1946 contains a considerable amount of worthwhile observation and thinking on the general subject of our national health. The introductory paper, "The Health of the American People," by Richard Harrison Shryock, is a historical survey of the developments in medical practice from Colonial days. He notes the progress which has been made but also presents the problems which are yet to be met. "The price of medical progress," he observes, "like that of liberty, is eternal vigilance."

"Mental Hygiene," by Dr. Winfred Overholser, presents a picture of what is held to be the largest and most pressing problem in the entire field of public health—mental health. Dr. Overholser speaks of the importance of psychosomatic medicine, of progress being made in group therapy, of narcosynthesis, of shock therapy, of child guidance and of industrial psychiatry. He stresses the need

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