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October 21, 1961

Recognizing the Depressed Patient, with Essentials of Management and Treatment

JAMA. 1961;178(3):357. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040420097042

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This small volume is written primarily for the general practitioner or family physician, since these are the physicians who usually see a depressed patient first. To aid in recognizing these patients, the author has drawn on his vast experience as a psychiatrist. He gives a thorough discussion of the various types of depressive states with their manifold manifestations which mask and confuse the underlying condition. The discussion is illustrated with a few case histories, but, by and large, his thesis is developed by a very pleasant, readable style.

The work can be of considerable assistance in dusting off the cobwebs in the memory of the busy practitioner. Its message is full of hope for depressed patients when recognition is. made early and proper therapy commenced. There is a very helpful chapter discussing the various medications for treatment. These are the type of patients who can, in the vast majority of

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