October 1948

Teaching Psychotherapeutic Medicine.

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By Walter Bauer and others. Edited by Helen L. Witmer. Price, $3.75. Pp. 484. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1947.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;82(4):417. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00020040097007

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This excellent and timely volume sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund reports the details of an experimental postgraduate course in psychotherapeutic medicine. A group of well trained psychiatrists and physicians have combined their efforts in a vivid and intelligent way to help physicians better to understand their patients and the nature of their disorders. The existence of such a course stems naturally from a widespread feeling that physicians do not always know how adequately to evaluate the personal, psychologic and adjustment problems of their patients and that they may tend too much toward the diagnosis of crude organic diseases. It is of interest that many of the things brought out in this book were well known (in simpler terms) to every family physician a generation or two ago. He could hardly have practiced medicine without emphasizing these values. Now it appears to be necessary to point out to physicians that they

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