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A New Dawn for Mental Health

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Science  01 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6119, pp. 506-507
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6119.506

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After the 1949 revolution, mental health work had been branded a bourgeois science, with drug treatment in many psychiatric hospitals replaced by readings. Today, psychiatry has gained legitimacy, but psychiatrists still complain of a poor mental health infrastructure and measly salaries. Thus, many cheered when China's health ministry announced in 2009 that it was making mental health a key focus area of its sweeping health care reforms.