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[Draft of letter from Ethel Johns to O.T. Leeman] Johns, Ethel [1960-11-02]

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Burton has to say about this in his Anatomy of Melancholy*  xour letter makes me more
determined than ever to find out for myself* whether he has any bitter herb of heaking
to offer* And now no more of all this*
I hate to bother you but may there be
Just a word about about JPI* Yes, I did mean the October issue to be my  swan song*
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assume that I haxaEXBosxxkxxgxnBxfsxthKxxresponsibility?
Fortunately, there never was any binding agreement on either side : "Published informally
from time to time*" ISMIE&    Mr Bacon and I thought that one up!
regime
I do wish your die* oould be a little^ less rigorous.  and yet I can understand why
continue to
you must emulate and even surpass the ascetic Franciscan Friars*  Apropos of your fiendish
desire to give psychiatrists th ir come-uppance «— Dr* Wilder Penfield etc*
 Pa^e.^7^.._; Substitute for, material deleted* See oarginal directions*
(Ho paragraph) Within the course of the last 10 or 15 years a tremendous advance has
heen made in the treatment of the aggressive and violent schisophrenics hy the use of
certain drugs popularly called tranquillisers* Unfortunately some of then have unfavorable
side effects and a great deal of experimental work is now being carried out with the object
of finding modifications which will be more effective and without these risks*
Pa^e ,181 | Substitute for material deleted* See marginal directions*
But
(So  paragraph) xttt even today the new ideas are not fully aeopeted or put into practice«
A number of hospitals still house far too mny patients or are built in rettete places
so that it is difficult for both staff and patients to have sufficient social contacts
with the outside world* .
ggffs 191 I Substitute for material deleted* See smrglnai directions*
It is not only in mental hospitals and aaon^ doctors and nurses that there is a new
outlook* The general public are also beginning to feel more ootnpaiSi.oil and realise t,at
they have a responsibility for the welfare of those who are mentally handicapped as well
as those who suffer from physical disabilities. Commissions have heen set up whose function
it is to enquire into legal matters related to mental illness and mental deficiency* Valuable reports are already available and* as £ result# radical, changes are being made in m«*
isting legislation which is now out of touch with modern thinking* It my well he that the
loyal approach to mental illness and mental deficiency will have undergone considerable
change this book is in print*
The  present approach is that it should be as easy for a mentally ill patient to obtain
treatment in a suitable hospital as it is for a physically ill patient, formalities
should be done away with in the case of patients who are willing to come for treatment

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