Medicine: Psychiatrist, Calm Thyself

The one place in the U.S. where a bagful of tranquilizing drugs was most urgently needed last week was the National Institute of Mental Health at Bethesda, Md.—and more for the staff than for the 45 patients.

Immediate cause of the ruckus was a strident protest by a staff psychiatrist, Dr. Jordan Scher, against the institute's decision to drop (as of July 1) his project for a forceful, unorthodox treatment of schizophrenic patients. He is getting results, claims Psychiatrist Scher, by being stern with schizophrenics, making them work, and forcing them into social situations...

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