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September 8, 1962

Mental Health in the Metropolis: The Midtown Manhattan Study

JAMA. 1962;181(10):923. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050360109032

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Abstract

Social psychiatry is a relatively new discipline, and the present volume, the first in a series of 3, represents one of the most important examples of what can be done in this field by a team of workers trained in the behavioral sciences. The team responsible for the present work is made up of sociologists, an anthropologist, and a psychiatrist.

The method of the study is set out in full detail in the volume and need not be discussed here. The sample of persons that represents the nucleus of this study was very considerable; it was drawn from the midtown portion of Manhattan's central business section with a population of 175,000. Of this population, close to 60 per cent carry varyingly significant loads of tension-denoting symptoms; and some 20 per cent are in impaired mental health, with marked, severe, or incapacitating symptoms. Which is to say, that only 1 of

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