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The Effect of a National Crisis on Patient Government
Maryonda E. Scher; Noel K. Volberding; Steven D. Helgerson; Paul A. Ruoff
Psychiatric Services 1974; doi:
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Veterans Administration Hospital, Seattle, Washington

Region 10, Public Health Service, Seattle, Washington

Department of Psychiatry, and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

1974 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The authors describe a breakdown in patient government on the psychiatric ward of a Veterans Administration hospital following the resignation of the Vice-President of the United States. When the ward staff recognized the similarity between the ward milieu and the national situation, they proposed a series of actions, based on a philosophy of individual and collective responsibility, that quickly re-established an effective patient government.

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