In July, 1961, the ATLANTICpublished a Special Supplement, Psychiatry in American Life, (now available in book form) in which the majority of the contributors were psychoanalytically oriented. In July of this year we returned to the subject of mental illness with the deliberate intent of discussing other forms of treatment, and of inquiring into the present care and needs of the community. Those analysts who have angrily resisted the criticism we brought to bear should remember that our approach has not been one-sided and that medical procedure, now as at the time of the famous Flexner Report, must be open to the public inspection both by the professional and the layman. Our issue on Disturbed Americans has been more widely read than any other this year, and the responses to it, only a fraction of which we can publish, manifest the deep concern of a conscientious public. — The Editor
President and Editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal, one of the great independent papers of the country, BARRY BINGHAM has packed a good deal of activity into his forty-five years. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1928; served as reporter and then as associate publisher of the paper which he now directs; was on active duty in the Navy from 1941 to 1945: is the owner and operator of Radio Station WHAS; and helped to turn the tide in France as Chief of the ECA Mission in 1949-1950. In the paper which follows he tells of the convalescence of a nation whose strength was so vital to us in our days of crisis — and is still.