IF NOT NOW, WHEN?*

Authors

  • LEON EISENBERG M.D.

    1. Professor of Child Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Children's Psychiatric Service, Harriet Lane Home, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
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    Dedicated to the memory of Albert Deutsch. Delivered at the Presidential Session at the 1962 Annual Meeting.

Abstract

Although “Action for Mental Health” includes some excellent proposals, the report has serious conceptual shortcomings that arise from a restricted vision of what should and can be done. These failings point up the need for mental health scientists to ask themselves whether mental illness is preventible in any meaningful sense; granting—as the author contends—that it is, why they have been such inert and ineffective advocates of preventive psychiatry; and what they must do to reorient their efforts in order to discharge their full responsibility for the promotion of social as well as professional action for mental health.

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