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Contempo 1998
September 16, 1998

General Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY. Dr Barchas is Editor of Archives of General Psychiatry .


Edited by Ronna Henry Siegel, MD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 1998;280(11):961-962. doi:10.1001/jama.280.11.961

THE EVALUATION and treatment of mental illness are no longer the exclusive province of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals. As the number of pharmacological agents for mental disorders increases and these medications become simpler to use, many people with mental illness are being treated by family practitioners, internists, pediatricians, and gynecologists. This trend has important implications for the training and continuing education of all physicians, for the types of treatments patients receive, and for the public view of mental illness.

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