Get Alert
Please Wait... Processing your request... Please Wait.
You must sign in to sign-up for alerts.

Please confirm that your email address is correct, so you can successfully receive this alert.

Article   |    
Am J Psychiatry 1956;113:234-239.
View Author and Article Information

Madigan Army Hospital, Tacoma, Wash.

text A A A
PDF of the full text article.

Epidemiological investigation of the several component major commands of Seventh Army reveals that during 1954:1. The incidence of infectious disease does not appear to correlate with the incidence of behavior and social problems, or with accidents.2. Commands having higher rates for selected behavior and social problems have had more accidents.3. Commands that utilized in a less than average manner the available Mental Hygiene Consultation Service had a lower than average rate of "368-369" discharges, and a higher incidence rate of disciplinary reports, courts martial, and crimes and offenses. They also had a higher than average incidence of cold injuries.Obviously few final conclusions should be drawn from a solely statistical study of only one year's experience, or too firm convictions as to the factors that should be measured, or the means we should utilize for their evaluation. There seem to be potentially useful techniques demonstrated which we may project and improve by further study. Probably only in the military service can these methods and techniques be initiated and developed effectively and rapidly.The effects of the community on the person and the person on the community can be more thoroughly understood and should be considered when the individual physician undertakes treatment of the individual patient, whether in his home, at the physician's office, in dispensaries, or in hospitals. The average practicing physician should be able to count on those having the capabilities and opportunities to develop the best possible techniques for aiding him along this line. However, after such techniques are developed, can we expect expansion of the process to maximum effectiveness in the military service and in the civilian practice of medicine?Every physician should make certain that the term "physician-patient" relationship takes full cognizance of the broader meaning just discussed. The illness of the community manifests itself in the form of the patients' physical or mental disease, behavior or social problems, or in the occurrence of accidents. The physician should utilize all the available knowledge of community illness. In doing so, he should consider that the patient requires treatment because the community has failed to prevent his ill. If the physician can succeed in these objectives each patient should return earlier and more effectively to a gratifying and productive participation in the community existence. Could a physician hope to achieve more?

Abstract Teaser
Figures in this Article

Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.
Sign In Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.
Sign In to Access Full Content
Sign in via Athens (What is this?)
Athens is a service for single sign-on which enables access to all of an institution's subscriptions on- or off-site.
Not a subscriber?

Subscribe Now/Learn More

PsychiatryOnline subscription options offer access to the DSM-5 library, books, journals, CME, and patient resources. This all-in-one virtual library provides psychiatrists and mental health professionals with key resources for diagnosis, treatment, research, and professional development.

Need more help? PsychiatryOnline Customer Service may be reached by emailing PsychiatryOnline@psych.org or by calling 800-368-5777 (in the U.S.) or 703-907-7322 (outside the U.S.).




CME Activity

There is currently no quiz available for this resource. Please click here to go to the CME page to find another.
Submit a Comments
Please read the other comments before you post yours. Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest.
Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discertion of APA editorial staff.

* = Required Field
(if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
Example: John Doe

Related Content
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, 5th Edition > Chapter 41.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, 4th Edition > Chapter 67.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, 4th Edition > Chapter 67.  >
DSM-5â„¢ Clinical Cases > Chapter 18.  >
Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry > Chapter 22.  >
Topic Collections
Psychiatric News
PubMed Articles