Mental Health in College

Mental Health in College

Mental Health in College

Mental Health in College

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A mental hygiene service for students was inaugurated at Yale University on October 3, 1925, with the announcement of Doctor Arthur Ruggles' appointment as Consultant to the Department of University Health and Lecturer in Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. President Angell commented that "with this appointment Yale begins the development of a highly important contribution of medical education, to the welfare of the student body, and the hygienic interests of New Haven and neighboring communities."

The establishment at Yale of a Department of Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene was a response to recognized needs in the university and implemented an important decision of educational policy. The School of Medicine and the Depart ment of University Health were expanding rapidly, and physicians in these two departments regarded psychiatry as a necessary part both of medicine and of education. Experts in many fields were attracted to the School of Medicine; its personnel and curriculum were developing and changing. The services of the Department of University Health were being enlarged constantly and specialists in various branches of medicine were added to its staff. The introduction of the Division of College Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene was, therefore, part of a general process of growth in the medical fac-

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