Utica NY: State Hospitals Press, 1948. First Separate Edition. INSCRIBED 'With regards/Hayden H. Donahue M.D.' to front cover." Octavo; 31pp including references and bibliography (an offprint of The Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol., 22pages 221-251, April 1948). A Near Fine copy (some age-toning and light wear) in original printed grey stapled wrappers. Item #20392
An Oklahoma native, Donahue assisted psychologist Roy Grinker, one of the first American doctors to study with Sigmund Freud, in the battlefields of North Africa. He and his associates greatly raised the effective remission rate of soldiers suffering from combat stress; he was sent to General Omar Bradley's office after the war to help redevelop the Veteran's Administration. Between 1949 and 1951, he worked with the Arkansas state system, experimenting with new approaches and helping draft Arkansas reforms, later implementing in Texas some of the programs that were developed in Arkansas. When a group of state legislators from Oklahoma called him to help them write a mental health law, he became the first director of the newly formed mental health department. He revolutionized the state's mental health care system by beginning a psychiatric residency program and establishing a children's ward at Central State Hospital in Norman, persuading congress to fund a national mental health movement and was a principal draftsman of federally-funded community mental health centers, which changed treatment philosophy from long-term institutionalization to outpatient care. Dr. Donahue built the first federally funded comprehensive mental health center in the United States at Norman in 1968. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame; His lasting contributions to mental health were acknowledged when he was given the fountain pen used by Oklahoma Governor Johnston Murray to sign the 1952 bill modernizing the state Department of Mental Health, and the ballpoint pen used by U.S. President Lyndon Johnson to sign the bill that established funding for community mental health centers.