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July 1959

Economics of Mental Illness.

Author Affiliations

Syracuse, N. Y.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(1):116-118. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590010132017

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This volume is the second in a series of monographs to be published under the auspices of the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health. Dr. Fein, a professional economist, has succeeded admirably in fulfilling his task, namely, to examine and report on the dollars-and-cents aspects of mental health care. As such, this book will be of interest primarily to professional persons engaged in public health, administrative and institutional psychiatrists, economists, and legislators. This is not to say that other physicians, psychiatrists, and intelligent lay persons will not find much that is of interest in it. Although little in this volume is specifically pertinent to the psychiatrist or psychotherapist in private practice, he, and all others interested in contemporary American life, may read this report with profit.

It would be unfair to examine a scientific work without paying due respect to the author’s frame of reference, his definitions, and

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