Medicine: Drugs for the Mind

Many victims of mental illness need never be sent to public hospitals, and many more could be helped toward a speedier, fuller recovery, if psychiatry took maximum advantage and made energetic use of drugs and knowledge already available. So said Dr. Nathan S. Kline last week at a meeting in Detroit of the American Public Health Association. The gains of the last five years are being largely ignored, he said.

Kline, who is research director at New York's Rockland State Hospital and a pioneer in the use of drugs for severe mental illness, charged that public health officials have mostly refused to...

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