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December 22, 1956


Author Affiliations

Chief Psychopharmacology Service Center National Institute of Mental Health Bethesda 14, Md.

JAMA. 1956;162(17):1568. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970340058021

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To the Editor:—  I would like to inform you and the subscribers to The Journal that the Psychopharmacology Service Center has been established within the Research Grants and Fellowships Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. The purpose of the center is to implement a broad program of basic and clinical research aimed at increasing understanding of the mechanisms of action, efficacy, and limitations of the tranquilizing and other centrally active drugs. The program of the center includes the stimulation and support of work on the basic pharmacological and psychological mechanisms of drug action, experimental and clinical studies of drug effectiveness, and research aimed at the development of improved and new methods for predicting and evaluating the efficacy and toxicity of these compounds. The center will perform informational, research advisory, and co-ordinating functions, including consulting services, surveys, publication of a newsletter, summaries, and reviews of recent and on-going research.

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