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July 25, 1959

PRACTICAL STEPS FOR THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN IN THE PREVENTION OF EMOTIONAL DISORDER

Author Affiliations

Boston

Associate Professor of Mental Health, Harvard School of Public Health.

JAMA. 1959;170(13):1497-1506. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010130001001
Abstract

The style of work of the family physician is fundamentally different from that of the psychiatrist, but the family physician who seriously wishes to enlarge the scope of his practical operations with respect to the mental health needs of his patients does well to build up a working relationship with a psychiatrist of his choice. This can greatly improve his ability to recognize emotional needs in families, to prepare married couples for emotional problems like those of pregnancy, to help families go normally through periods of separation or bereavement, and generally to use his knowledge of the family in order to contribute to its stability. His traditional role brings him into contact with many people at times of crisis. At such times he can exert a particularly powerful effect on their mental health by steering them away from maladaptive solutions and toward adequate solutions of their life problems.

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