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April 1945

Patients Have Families.

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;53(4):328. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300040074020

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This book is the report of the director of an important investigation recently carried on by a group of health agencies in New York city. In it the relation of the patient to his family and his family background is surveyed from several angles. It has long been recognized that methods of obtaining information on this subject and its subsequent utilization are totally inadequate in the present practice of medicine. As the author, Dr. Henry B. Richardson, points out, only the old-fashioned general practitioner was in a position to evaluate the true nature of the patient's symptoms in relation to his family and background. Only the psychiatrist is at present equipped to analyze the material and to put it to therapeutic use.

The investigation of the family background of a number of patients seen in the wards and clinic of a city hospital was made with the cooperation of physicians,