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June 1, 1957

Mental Health Administration

JAMA. 1957;164(5):617. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050107032

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The administration of mental health institutions is no longer considered a job that anyone can do with good intentions but little knowledge or experience. Today, in fact, there is an accrediting body that certifies psychiatrists for this position. The commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health has here written a small volume dealing with administration of mental health departments, community mental health programs, mental health centers, and mental hospitals. In this book there are numerous practical recommendations concerning the mundane aspects of administration derived from the author's own varied experiences. With all the details, and these certainly not complete, there is a noticeable absence of an explicit philosophy and a sense of values. True, the details must be learned and applied to myriad problems, but without a value system they are applicable to institutions and not to the human being who is sick and suffering. The clothing requisites per

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