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November 1965

Consulting With Aide-Therapists: A Revised Role for the Mental Hospital Psychiatrist

Author Affiliations

Fellow in Child Psychiatry, the Menninger Foundation.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(5):432-438. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730050046008

Saying 17  A leader is best When people barely know that he exists, Not so good when people obey and acclaim him, Worst when they despise him. "Fail to honor the people, They fail to honor you;" But of a good leader, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will all say, "We did this ourselves."8Lao TzuAS OUR CULTURE becomes more concerned with its mental health, the narrow distribution of psychiatrists' skills becomes more obvious. The private practice of psychotherapy, for example, devotes large amounts of time to relatively few patients. Hospital psychiatrists, among others, treat large numbers of patients, but the deficiency of professional personnel remains acute, and many chronic schizophrenic patients are confined on wards which cannot honestly be considered therapeutic. In this paper the evolution of a new role for the hospital psychiatrist is described.

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