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August 13, 1982

Psychiatric Illness in General Practice

JAMA. 1982;248(6):760-761. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330060084053

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This is not a textbook of how one recognizes and treats a variety of psychiatric illnesses in general practice, as is suggested by the title. Rather, it is a republication of an important research study on psychiatric illness in general practice done by the General Practice Research Unit of the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London. The study was originally published in 1966, and it is here reissued in its entirety. It is supplemented by a summary of the work in the area done between 1966 and 1980.

The original study was important but, as pointed out by the authors, did not receive the attention warranted until general interest in the interface between general practice and psychiatry began to emerge in the late 1970s. This interface has played a major role in the family practice movement in this country, and as it is emerging around the world. If