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January 12, 1957


Author Affiliations


Medical Director, Seton Psychiatric Institute.

JAMA. 1957;163(2):95-97. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970370009003

• Psychiatry has broadened into a field that includes study of the normal personality, the pathological aspects of human relations, and the maintenance of mental health. Specialties have developed within it, and it enlists the aid of special types of ancillary workers. The psychiatrist needs the intelligent cooperation of physicians in other fields, and some strong feelings of opposition to the concepts and techniques of dynamic psychiatry must be overcome. Individual contacts between psychiatrists and other physicians will favor mutual understanding, which in the past has not increased in proportion to the recognition of psychiatry by organized medicine. This recognition was manifested not only in the early establishment (1900) of a Section on Nervous and Mental Diseases within the American Medical Association but also in such other ways as the more recent (1951) appointment of a Committee on Nervous and Mental Diseases, which in 1955 became the Council on Mental Health. The function of this body is to take such steps as will enable the profession as a whole to assume the leadership in mental health that is its proper responsibility.