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August 6, 1949

The Commonwealth Fund Thirtieth Annual Report for the Year Ending September 30, 1948

JAMA. 1949;140(14):1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900490055029

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Entering on its thirtieth year devoted to doing something "for the welfare of mankind," the Commonwealth Fund reviews in its annual report the projects undertaken during the past year.

Most important of these projects is the attempt to better patient-physician relationships in cases involving mental health. By joining forces with medical schools to add psychiatrists to the teaching staffs, by giving fellowships to advanced workers dealing with mental cases and by making arrangements for interns to receive the feeling of general medical practice in rural hospitals, the Commonwealth Fund has been able to demonstrate to the physician the importance of realizing the mental situation of his patient.

Closely related to this medical education is the preventive service aiding mental health which is taught through lectures, clinical work and discussions. The stress here, too, is on personal attention in treatment. Field work is done on a county or slate basis.


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