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July 16, 1982

A Clinical Manual of Psychiatry

JAMA. 1982;248(3):374. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030072044

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This is an unusual book in its field. It is written "for the physician or student who already has a general sense of the field of psychiatry but finds that the realities of the practice pose problems exceeding that knowledge. It is "written for the non-psychiatrist... in primary care and other... specialties."

This short compendium is not a book for the beginner. It covers the field in a calculated way, emphasizing the practical, hands-on, "how-to" approaches to the common psychiatric problems. It makes no effort to develop, explain, or defend the theoretical or historical developments leading to the present methods of accepted psychiatric thinking. Although multiauthored, the same concentrated, sparse approach is present in all the chapters. The authors adopt a middle-of-the-road approach to the various schools of psychiatry and put forth conservative, noncontroversial positions that are widely accepted in the psychiatric community. Ten of the 23 chapters are contributed