January 1970

The Psychiatric Examination.

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By Ian Stevenson, MD. Price, not given. Pp 234. Little, Brown & Company, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02108, 1969.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;22(1):88-89. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01740250090014

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The Psychiatric Examination's emphasis is the understanding and proper performance of the mental status examination. Five of the nine chapters are devoted to this portion of the psychiatric interview. Some confusion results because the author uses the term psychiatric examination interchangeably with mental status examination. There is no attempt to discuss the anamnesis in this book.

At several points in the book, but primarily in the introductory chapter, we are faced both with studies quoted by the author which are of questionable merit, as well as statements which seem to represent the author's personal psychology. These examples will illustrate (a) In describing the reliability of the psychiatric examination, the author quotes a study comparing the examinations of a group of senior psychiatrists with a group of resident psychiatrists. The author only partially apologizes when he says "Reliability might have been higher if experienced

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