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October 1961

Psychiatric Teams: A Selective Review of the Literature

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(4):397-405. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710160077009

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Moby Dick-Melville

The expression "psychiatric team" has fallen into disrepute in many circles either as a cliché without definition or as an empty war cry for the disorganized to rally round; nevertheless, we find the literature on psychiatric teams merits a review. Behind the jargon phrase "psychiatric team" lies the immediate fact that psychiatric staffs are continually intra-acting and that the team concept represents an attempt to organize and direct staff intra-action. The definition of psychiatric teams, used by us in surveying the field

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