November 1966

A Guide to Treatment in Psychiatry.

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By Phillip Polatin, MD. Price, not given. Pp 293, with no illustrations. J. B. Lippincott Company, E Washington Sq, Philadelphia, Pa, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(5):520. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290170108042

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There is a certain measure of expectation, particularly on the part of the family physician, when works on the general subject of psychiatry appear. The feeling is justified here as the promise of the title is well discharged. This book is one of the latest in the group of medical publications addressing themselves to the reviewing of a discipline. It is eminently suited to internist and general physician, if not the young psychiatrist. The later, it is hoped, is conversant with all that the book offers.

Preceding the chapters dealing with therapeutic modalities in psychiatry, and a few will find the field surprisingly wide and varied, there are three subjects which are dealt, in turn, with indifferent simplicity ("The Therapeutic Team in Psychiatry"), schematism ("A General Survey of Psychiatric Disturbances"), and thoroughness ("History and Mental Examination"). The main body of this work, and, one should remember, it is a

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