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February 4, 1956

JOINT COMMISSION ON MENTAL ILLNESS AND HEALTH, INC.GUEST EDITORIAL

JAMA. 1956;160(5):392-393. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960400050013

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Abstract

The Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health, Inc., has undertaken a huge task. For the past year and a half the American Psychiatric Association, working jointly with the Council on Mental Health of the American Medical Association, and with some 20 other organizations of national scope that have a direct interest in mental health and illness, has been working out an organizational framework for the Joint Commission. This work has now been completed, and the commission stands ready to engage in actual field operations, which are expected to start in February, 1956.

The task to be undertaken is a gigantic one. The cultural lag in the treatment of the mentally ill, the scientific lag in research, and the professional lag in medical education in teaching modern attitudes and methods in psychiatry have long been known by psychiatrists, sociologists, and progressive medical educators. It has now become possible to do

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