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Goldman and Ulett have written an uneven but useful and interesting book, with the expressed purpose of integrating new therapy, specifically psychopharmacology and hypnosis, into the armamentarium of the internist. "Internist" appears to mean any reasonably well-trained and well-motivated generalist, who does not restrict his activities to a circumscribed specialty and who has had little or no formal training in psychiatry. Since this group of physicians is responsible for the bulk of care of all patients but those currently managed by qualified psychiatrists, the thrust of this book is obviously broad. The revolution in psychiatric care incident to the introduction of drug therapy is profound, and new balances between institutional, office psychiatrist, and the general profession must be established.
The first chapter covers emotional aspects of change in the life cycle. It is sharply condensed and offers little more than Shakespeare about the seven ages of man. The chapter on
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