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This textbook reflects the theory of Harry Stack Sullivan that faulty interpersonal relationships cause functional psychiatric disorders. Therefore, the author singles out the interpersonal approach as the most important mode of psychotherapy.
The 28 chapters of the book are arranged in eight parts. The first contains the theory of the interpersonal approach, the history of psychiatry, and definitions of the commonly used psychiatric terms. In the second part the author thoroughly covers the interviewing techniques and other methods of psychiatric examination. The subsequent four sections include descriptions of psychiatric disorders, attributed to faulty relationships with significant persons; psychiatric disorders caused by organic brain disease; mental deficiency; and problems of emotional adjustment from childhood through old age. Finally, the last two parts describe treatment, organization of psychiatric services, and legal psychiatry.
His rich personal clinical experience enables the author to provide a thoughtful and comprehensive coverage of modern clinical psychiatry. This
Surawicz FG. Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry: An Interpersonal Approach. JAMA. 1967;202(10):993. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130230119039
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