Sept 21, 1963

The Psychological Basis of Medical Practice

Author Affiliations

Chapel Hill, N.C.


Edited by Harold I. Lief et al. 572 p. $12.50. Hoeber Medical Division, Harper & Row, 49 E 33rd St, New York 16, 1963

JAMA. 1963;185(12):985. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060120095044

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This book offers the nonpsychiatric physician a survey of the relationship between psychological insights and clinical medicine. The presentation is divided into three parts. There is an excellent preclinical section which discusses, among other things, evolution of the medical student into a physician and the growth of the patient-doctor relationship. Liberal use is made of contributions from the behavioral sciences and neurophysiology. The section devoted to the various clinical specialties includes summaries of classic articles in each field. Unfortunately there is no chapter dealing with neurological diseases. The section on treatment is organized about the role of the general practitioner in handling the emotional aspects of his patient's illness. The bibliographies are well chosen and offer suggestions for further reading.

This reviewer was particularly impressed with the discussion of the psychological aspects of hospitalization and preparation for surgery. Though the material is not new, it is well presented.

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