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July 1971

Mental Hospitals, Prestige, and the Image of Enlightenment

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;25(1):41-48. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750130043004

Psychiatrists, in their search for the prestige and respect given to physicians in other medical fields, have tended to be overenthusiastic in their acceptance of currently "stylish" methods and techniques. It is their responsibility to seek out the most effective methods of treatment for each patient as an individual and to disregard the "image of enlightenment" where this conflicts with the needs of the patient.