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November 17, 1951

Practical Clinical Psychiatry

JAMA. 1951;147(12):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670290089035

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Because of the stated shortage of properly trained psychiatrists in the country today, the authors have made a special effort in this edition, to present material that is of value not only to psychiatrists but to medical students and physicians in general practice, who they feel will continue to treat the greatest majority of patients suffering from psychoneurotic and psychosomatic disorders. For this purpose a new section, containing much new material on "support therapy," has been added in this edition.

Another feature is the inclusion of a chapter on the psychopathology of childhood. This chapter considers the many opportunities that are presented to physicians in general practice, particularly physicians who treat families, to enter into prevention of mental illness, so much of which is believed to have its genesis during childhood. A framework for the proper development of mentally hygenic childhood is given in detail.

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