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October 13, 1962


JAMA. 1962;182(2):213-215. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050410109031

Conference on Mental Health  Lindsay E. Beaton, M.D., Tucson, Ariz.One of the great pleasures of speaking tonight is the nostalgia of anniversary. We meet 15 years to the day after the start of the program that has so completely changed the concept of mental health and the care of the mentally ill. There is tremendous retrospective satisfaction in being able to look back from the summit of this year of our Lord, 1977. There is real joy in this brief history that so clearly demonstrates how the plans made in 1962 have succeeded past the wildest imaginings of the most sanguine of us.But before I begin that account, we should take grateful notice of the men of the 1961 Council on Mental Health, who, long before I joined it, had the first dream that is present reality. They are all with us tonight, a little older, but still

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