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November 3, 1956

The Practice of Psychiatry in General Hospitals

JAMA. 1956;162(10):1017-1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970270077033

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In addition to developing psychiatric departments in several general hospitals, Dr. Bennett and co-workers conducted a survey that disclosed that less than 1% of patients suffering from mental illness were accommodated in American and Canadian hospitals. They incorporated their findings into a scientific exhibit that attracted much attention and stimulated many inquiries. They have prepared this book from the material collected for the exhibit; here they consider the main problem connected with installing and operating a psychiatric department within a general hospital. They believe that "as the advantages of the psychiatric unit are better understood patients will generally be admitted to general hospitals for treatment of acute mental illness to the same extent as for other acute medical illnesses, disorders and accidents; that modern medicine will eventually accept its responsibility to treat the entire person." The foreword, introduction, and preface of this volume are followed by 10 chapters and a

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