Our "General" Hospitals

Davidson, Henry A.
January 1956
New Republic;1/16/56, Vol. 134 Issue 3, p30
The article presents comments of a psychiatrist on general hospitals. In most of the general hospitals one cannot find a psychiatric treatment bed for the suffering patients. There are many rationalizations on the general hospitals not accepting mental patients, some of them being that they are noisy, constitute a suicide risk and acceptance of mental patients produces legal hazards. The general hospital might make it a rule to admit only voluntary patients so that there would be no legal problem. The hospital itself profits in many ways by accepting emotionally sick patients. It increases the institution's usefulness and value to the community. It enriches its training program for nurses, interns and staff doctors.


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