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TREATMENT OF MENTAL ILLNESS—The Use and Misuse of Sedation and the Seclusion Room

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Nine hundred and thirty-nine patients admitted to the locked receiving ward in the psychiatric service of the U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland, over a ten-month period, many of them psychotic and in an acute initial episode, were treated with an intensive group therapy program, which more appropriately should be called a therapeutic community. During this time, the ward medical officer did not put any patients in a seclusion room. Patients who did not require a locked ward were quickly transferred to the open receiving ward which was established five months after this program began.

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