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March 3, 1956

Medical and Psychological Teamwork in the Care of the Chronically Ill

JAMA. 1956;160(9):815. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960440087031

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This report on how psychiatrists and psychologists can help internists in the care of the chronically ill includes contributions by 30 persons representing chiefly psychiatry, psychology, and internal medicine, but there are also contributions by medical educators, a surgeon, a pharmacologist, and a medical representative of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. In a chapter on the pros and cons of a new degree (a doctorate in medical psychology), Dr. L. S. Kubie presents an impressive analysis of the case for establishing the profession of medical psychology whose members would work with physicians in providing psychological diagnosis and treatment. Other chapters cover general aspects of care and treatment of the chronically ill, psychological problems, teamwork problems, teaching and training of psychological personnel, problems of interdisciplinary research, and problems of communication between psychologist, psychiatrist, internist, and patient. The volume can be unreservedly recommended to those interested in the problem of chronic illness

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