January 1958

The Doctor, His Patient, and the Illness.

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By Michael Balint, M.D. Price, $7.50. Pp. 355, with 1 table. International Universities Press, Inc. 227 W. 13th St., New York 11, 1957.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(1):166-167. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260130180035

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This book by Balint, with a formidable or pretentious title, turns out to be an extremely interesting analysis of the practice of medicine as it relates to the family doctor. Whether one suspects that the family doctor will disappear as a general practitioner and become a well-trained internist or whether one believes that the foundation of medical practice will continue to be a generalist, a benignant tinker, who does all things for all people, including surgery, obstetrics, and psychiatry, this book will provide useful insights. It deals with the practice of medicine as with a sick patient. It consists of an intimate series of critiques held jointly by practitioners and psychiatrists under the auspices of the Tavistock Clinic for the purpose of discussing specific cases and specific forms of treatments in a series of seminars. General practitioners and psychiatrists confront the actual problems of real patients in medical practice and

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