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August 25, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(17):1584-1588. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670170038009

Psychiatry, as a medical specialty, today finds itself vastly oversold, in the sense that the public expects of it much more than it will be able to deliver for many years to come. As someone interested in the public health aspects of psychiatry, I want to discuss some of the things we can do to satisfy the psychiatric needs we see and the demands we have created. In the confusion besetting the field of mental health, I have attained at least two clear convictions. The first is that the medical profession will never do a satisfactory job of safeguarding and raising the health level of the population until it is in a position to contribute more effectively to mental and emotional health. The second is that such a contribution will never be made until the major portion of it can be made through the work of nonpsychiatric medical practitioners. Up

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