May 8, 1987

Respectful Treatment: A Practical Handbook of Patient Care

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago

University of Chicago


by Martin R. Lipp, ed 2; 331 pp, $18.95, New York, Elsevier, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;257(18):2498. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390180116038

Dr Lipp first published Respectful Treatment in 1977; he waited nine years before completing the second edition. The first edition was the first, and best, of several books written by psychiatrists for nonpsychiatric clinicians. The second edition draws on the strengths of the first, yet it is more than an update of a classic.

The author does summarize and reference the content of consultation-liaison psychiatry for the primary care physician and medical student; moreover, he shares his point of view of patient care as an evolving clinician and maturing person. His personalized, lively style of writing captures the reader. One not only gains information and references, as with the usual stale textbook or literature review, but also reads about the change and maturation of the physician-author, now a middle-aged clinician. The admixture of content and personality makes this book charmingly different. We learn that since the first edition, the author