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Books, Journals, New Media
July 8, 1998

Psychiatry, MedicineWhen Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders: A Guide for Psychotherapists

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by James Morrison, 221 pp, $30, ISBN 1-57230-180-5, New York, NY, The Guilford Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;280(2):195-196. doi:10.1001/jama.280.2.195-JBK0708-3-1

James Morrison's book is a gem. He addresses common medical illnesses that produce psychological symptoms in a refreshing manner, making the book an excellent review text for fellow psychiatrists and nonphysician psychotherapists. Trained at Washington University in St Louis (home of The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, which got many of us through our medical rotations with some degree of grace!), Dr Morrison (now chief of staff at the Coatesville, Pa, Veterans Affairs Medical Center) writes with obvious knowledge and compassion of the host of clinical situations that can lead the psychotherapist astray in the face of an undiagnosed medical condition. He provides clinical vignettes, which make much of the material more memorable. In addition, his occasionally tongue-in-cheek style makes for pleasant readability without minimizing the importance of his message.

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