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January 23, 1937

An Introduction to Psychological Medicine

JAMA. 1937;108(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780040075025

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Abstract

The term psychological medicine is used in England by several examining bodies who grant a diploma in psychological medicine (D.P.M.). This diploma is taken by medical graduates specializing in psychiatry and is elsewhere named Diploma in Psychiatry. This is therefore a textbook in psychiatry and is intended for the use of medical students. The five sections comprise psychology in relation to psychologic medicine, psychopathology, psychoneuroses, psychoses, and mental deficiency. The presentation is on conventional lines and is both clear and simple. The sections on treatment have been written in a practical way. The authors take the view that the treatment of mental illness is a subject for postgraduate study and hence they do not attempt to give details of psychotherapeutic treatment. This point of view is open to question and is somewhat surprising when one considers the emphasis being placed by modern educators on the importance of psychiatry in the

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