Medicine: Looking Inward

Political and medical leaders joined last week in urging Americans to take an introspective look at their individual and collective psyches. At famed Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. Health Secretary Flemming rang in national Mental Health Week by clanging a "mental health bell" forged from the shackles once used to restrain patients. The volunteer National Association for Mental Health and its branches staged open-hospital days across the country, persuaded thousands of outsiders to come see for themselves what it is like on the inside. And in Philadelphia, birthplace of U.S. psychiatry and (in 1844) of the American Psychiatric Association, more than...

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