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June 1959

Mental Health in College and University.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(6):1008-1010. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270060160032

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Student populations in some 1,500 United States colleges and universities now range in the neighborhood of three million, a figure that, if all goes well, is expected to double in the next two decades. Unmindful of the discouraging statistics on Selective Service rejection rates and following our ancient tradition to equate youth with strength, we tend to think that, for the most part, all of these young people are robust and free from significant defects and illness. Such customary illusions are quickly dispelled from the minds of administrators and physicians charged with the responsibility of providing medical care for college students. Where comprehensive health services have been made available, the daily record of clinic visits is astonishingly high and the number and variety of diseases and injuries encountered suggest over-all morbidity rates comparable to those reported for other age groups. Many of these illnesses stem from increased exposure and susceptibility

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