American Notes: Mental Health

The 7,000 members attending the annual convention of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco last week were less preoccupied with individual case histories than with the psychic condition of the nation. Most of them agreed that the patient is ill, and many shared the view of Dr. Seymour Halleck, who declared: "The No. 1 mental-health problem in our society is the Indochinese war."

Psychologist Kenneth Clark was originally scheduled as the main speaker but bowed out due to "hypertension." His replacement was Berkeley Political Scientist Sheldon Wolin, who argued that "The political life of this country is exhibiting unmistakable...

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