chapter  I
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Introduction

Comprehensive psychiatric units existing as departments in general hospitals are the final goal of a development which began around the time of the First World 'Val' (1914-18). By 'comprehensive' we mean a psychiatric unit which would deal with every type of psychiatric breakdo\vn in a given catchment area and be in fact responsible for the care of any such case arising in that area. Since these units are located in general hospitals and have becolne part of theIn, they represent the complete integration of psychiatry into the caucus of health adnlinistration, the integration of psychiatry into general Inedicine.