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June 1959

Report on Liaison Psychiatry at Michael Reese Hospital, 1950-1958

Author Affiliations


From the Institute for Psychosomatic and Psychiatric Research and Training of the Michael Reese Hospital.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(6):733-746. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340180067011

I. History  This report is the product of the combined experiences of a group of psychiatrists (approximately eight at any given time) who worked with the attending and house staff of the general hospital at Michael Reese. This work was started in 1950, as a development of the regular consultation service. The primary goal was to bring about a more effective exchange of information between the psychiatrists and the physicians in the general hospital, and, secondarily, to teach the psychiatric resident the fundamentals of the psychosomatic approach to medicine.This method was elaborated as a natural development to previous attempts in this direction. After World War II, a psychosomatic clinic was established and carried on by Dr. Roy R. Grinker for five years. A group of interested internists attended weekly two-hour meetings, where cases were assigned to them for treatment and were discussed by the attending psychiatrists. This program was