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September 1969

Mental Health Research and the University: A Position Paper to the Joint Commission on Mental Health of Children

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Yale University Child Study Center and the Department of Psychiatry. Chairman, Task Force IV: Research, Prevention, Rehabilitation and Manpower: Joint Commission on Mental Health of Children, Inc., and Master, Davenport College, Yale University.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(3):291-301. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740210035005

IN VIEW of the fact that the existence of the Joint Commission on Mental Health of Children (called the Oswald Bill) owes so much to the late President John F. Kennedy, it is singularly appropriate to start this report with two of his favorite quotations. I will state these since they delineate so precisely a crucial dimension of the research problems to which the commission must address itself.

Kennedy said:

. . . I amreminded of the story of the great French Marshall Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshall replied, "In that case, there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon."1

The second reflected his increasing maturity in terms of the limitations of power when he stated, "Every President must en

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