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May 5, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(1):21-24. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010023006

• The need for continued training for recognition and treatment of pathological behavior remains unchanged. Specialists in other fields than psychiatry need such training as a means of better evaluating and treating the ever-growing personality problems of our times.

The pressure for instruction in the principles of dynamic psychiatry will not be lessened by the introduction of new drugs such as the tranquillizing agents. These alter the quantitative expression of anxiety and panic but do not modify learned behavior patterns. Until the teaching of psychiatry on the undergraduate level becomes adequate, it will be necessary to give thought to psychiatric training in the residency programs on other services.

The resident's contact with psychiatry should make him more aware of and more capable of treating the patient's anxieties, weaknesses, and personality traits and should bring to his consciousness the experiences of grief, sadness, rage, and panic that attend a multitude of events of the everyday life of the patient.