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July 16, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(3):201-202. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500030041006

Continuing our discussion1 of a few weeks ago on the teachings of psychiatry in this country, a brief reference to some of the features of the teaching of this subject abroad may be of interest. It will be remembered that we pointed out at that time the fact that psychiatry is lagging behind the other subjects in the advance of medical teaching in the United States. It is especially on the clinical side that the need of reconstructing the teaching methods for this subject is most apparent. Among the principal medical schools of this country whose courses in psychiatry were reviewed in these columns, it was shown that, with a few noteworthy exceptions, the clinical instruction is extremely meager.

It is, of course, well known that no other country bestows such princely sums on the public care of the insane as does the United States. Nowhere else are these