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March 21, 1959

Current Concepts of Positive Mental Health

JAMA. 1959;169(12):1394-1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000290120032

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Since the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health was organized a few years ago under a grant of $1,500,000 from Congress, great expectations have arisen concerning its report. The Commission was designed to make a three-year study of the total mental health needs and resources of the United States and is now in its third year of operation. "Current Concepts of Positive Mental Health" represents the first phase of the total report. Approximately nine more volumes will be forthcoming, each dealing with a different aspect of the total study. The rather large sum of money to be spent in making the Commission's study, and the large number of people and organizations whose assistance was enlisted to carry it out, excited many criticisms of both its objectives and its methods. Physicians not involved in the study have frequently criticized the study on the grounds that there appeared to be a

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