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How to turn neurotics into productive citizens

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The state was now actively involved in the fight against nervous illnesses, and the primary goal of these state-financed clinics was to turn neurotic patients into productive citizens. Neurotics, a large group of potential invalids who might become a heavy burden to the national economy, needed to be provided with effective therapy and then swiftly returned to working life. Thus the motivation behind the Royal Board of Pensions (RBP's) clinics was at least as much national-economic and utilitarian as it was medical. This governmental report on the RBP's clinics and on the development of the care of psychoneuroses was the subject of a long and arduous debate that broke out at the Society of Medicine in the autumn of 1937. The chapter explains the different standpoints such as psychiatric standpoint; standpoint of neurologists and internists; psychotherapeutic standpoint; standpoint of child psychiatrists and paediatricians.

Keywords: child psychiatrists; internists; neurologists; neurotic patient; paediatricians.; psychiatric standpoint; psychotherapeutic standpoint; Royal Board of Pensions (RBP)



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