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January 20, 1984

Psychiatry in the Practice of Medicine

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center Kansas City, Mo


edited by Hoyle Leigh, 499 pp, $29.95, Menlo Park, Calif, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co Inc, 1983.

JAMA. 1984;251(3):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340270077034

This book, according to its introduction, is intended to "convey practical information concerning psychiatric syndromes commonly seen in medical practice" to nonpsychiatric physicians and medical students. Considering an estimated 50% of general medical patients have a primary or concomitant psychiatric disorder, this is a necessary undertaking. However, many books of this type fail to achieve their good intentions for a variety of reasons, including lack of a coherent viewpoint, sloppy editing, and poor understanding of the needs of their intended audience. This book, fortunately, has none of these flaws.

Although the book has the typical problem of multiple contributors to its four sections and 23 chapters, all are either currently or previously from Yale University's Department of Psychiatry and have the same basic approach to psychiatric problems. Each chapter is closely edited and follows the same format, emphasizing the recognition, evaluation, management, and indications for referral of common psychiatric problems.