Psychiatry: The Kennedy Round

In Los Angeles last week, no less than in Geneva, it was "the Kennedy round." When the curtain went up on the annual convention of the American Psychiatric Association, a huge portrait of the late President was the backdrop. The opening session was programmed in mourning type: "In Memoriam John Fitzgerald Kennedy."

Speaker after speaker reminded the 5,000 psychiatrists that no President ever did as much to aid the fight against mental illness as John Kennedy. His mental-health message to Congress last year represented the sort of official recognition for which...

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