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November 24, 1951


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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1951;147(13):1223-1225. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670300037009

Every physician should be trained in psychotherapy and expect to use it in his practice. This psychotherapy will not be the same as that by a psychiatrist, but rather a psychotherapy modified to the special needs of the particular clinician and his clientele. A training program to supply the required background and techniques can be made universally available. Such a training program was evolved at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. As similar plans are set into operation throughout the country, it would also be possible to cope with the problems of time and money that now impede the physician interested in this more comprehensive medical approach.

UNIVERSAL PSYCHOTHERAPY  There is fairly wide acceptance of the notion that the practitioner should care for the major psychological and sociocultural factors disturbing his patients, but the idea of psychotherapy practiced by all physicians tends to evoke objection from some practitioners

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