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CONTROL BOARDS SUGGESTED popularly elected boards similar to the present hospital boards to control mental hospitals were advocated by Mr. A. S. R. Mac Donald at a meeting of the Mental Hospital Reform Association last night. Mr. Mac Donald expressed dissatisfaction with the mental'hospitals, although this was no reflection upon the medical staff, who laboured under difficulties which would not be tolerated in other spheres of medical practice. They should be considered as guest houses, he said. Specialists would only be obtained by a chair of psychiatry in Dunedin. The setting up of psychiatric clinics in the general hospitals, to which insipient or mild mental cases could be referred, and the provision of two or more wards in the hospitals for the treatment of cases that did not warrant certification, were also advocated by the speaker. Suggested objects of the association as outlined by Mr. Mac Donald were adopted unanimously. •

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MENTAL HOSPITALS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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MENTAL HOSPITALS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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