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Book and Media Reviews
May 19, 2010

Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry

JAMA. 2010;303(19):1980-1985. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.626

Although most standard psychiatric textbooks mention inquiry into a patient's religious beliefs as part of the social/cultural history, I think it is likely many psychiatrists do not do so. Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry seeks to bring religion and spirituality into the forefront of the work of psychiatrists and other clinicians. While the title refers to “psychiatry,” clearly the book is meant for any clinician who works with the mentally ill and indeed will be useful to any clinician because of the frequency with which depression and other dysfunctions accompany or are a response to illness or injury.