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Mental Health Agency Shrugs Off Critics

Science  17 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5448, pp. 2248
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5448.2248a

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An advocacy group last week slammed the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for spending money on topics the group says have little relevance to severe mental illness--everything from AIDS and Alzheimer's disease to research on vole mating behavior. But the criticisms, reported by major press, are misplaced, according to NIMH officials and many observers.