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trying to develop some realistic approaches to it.
The concept of therapy for Northside, therefore, had to be
much broader, much more comprehensive, in taking into account realities
of a community that would make any sensitive human being mad, angry,
and acting out.
Well, you know, that was difficult for the average middle class
affluent white person, whose concept of therapy was, you know, to pay
a therapist or a psychiatrist or counsellor to deal with the acting
out problems of the middle class child on West End Avenue or --
We had a hell of a fight, to get this, to me, embarrassingly
simple notion accepted, by the traditional professionals. In fact,
Mamie is still fighting. One of the things that she did when we went
down to Washington day before yesterday was to stop by the American
Association for Pysychiatric Associations. When I went up to check in
at the hotel, she stopped off to talk to some of the officials there,
to try to explain to them her idea of the extent to which the fiscal
crisis is requiring us to re-examine the medical model, like
everything, you know, and to --
By the way, the medical model is damned expensive. The
monopoly of the medical profession, you know, the economic monopoly
they have means that you have to pay psychiatrists two, three times
what you pay other personnel, to try to help people.
So the struggle isn't over. The thing that fascinates me is
seeing the extent to which professions put their own interests ahead
of the need of human beings for help. And that includes the psychiatric
profession, you know.
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