June 1940

The Patient as a Person: A Study of the Social Aspects of Illness.

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By George Canby Robinson. Price, $3.00. Pp. 423. New York: Commonwealth Fund, Division of Publications, 1939.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(6):1301. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190120218020

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Dr. Robinson has written an interesting book which I hope will be widely read and will do some good. In these days when there is great effort to make diagnoses purely from laboratory and roentgenologic reports, there is much need for protesting books like this which show how often a serious situational neurosis complicates organic disease and perhaps makes successful treatment impossible. This is probably particularly true in the case of clinic patients, but it is almost as true of patients of the middle and upper economic classes, who are commonly unhappy, worried, overworked or psychopathic.

The book is made up almost entirely of well abstracted case reports in which only essential points are given. It should be read by all young physicians starting out in practice, and it should of course be read by all students who plan to be social service workers.

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