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Hadassah Discusses U.S. Israel Exchange Program in Psychiatry

An American-Israel exchange program in psychiatry designed to benefit the entire Middle East was proposed today by Dr. James Mann, director of psychiatry and research of Boston State Hospital, to the midwinter conference of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

Dr. Mann urged creation of special fellowships in psychiatry providing for advanced training for Israeli psychiatrists in the United States and the sending of American psychiatrists for special studies and teaching in Israel. He also proposed establishment of an American-Israel Psychiatric Commission for the interchange of psychiatric information and scientific he research as a first step toward improving the mental health not only of Israelis but of all Middle East peoples once peace and security are restored to this region.

Mrs. Abraham Tulin, national chairman of the Hadassah Medical Organization Committee in the United States, lauded Dr. Mann’s proposals and stated that fellowships in psychiatry will be given to Israeli doctors by Hadassah. She stated that more than $650,000 has already been spent in the past 15 years on fellowships–mostly in the United States–for Israeli doctors.