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January 7, 1983

Behavioral Medicine in General Medical Practice

Author Affiliations

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia

JAMA. 1983;249(1):94. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330250068038

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This book is a small, well-written volume that deals with behavioral problems commonly seen in a primary care setting. The overall organization of the text is exceptionally well done, incorporating both quick reference and in-depth discussion of problem management. Marginal notes are used to help the busy physician locate and incorporate material quickly.

This text is impressive from a number of standpoints. The behavior modification approach to treatment and use of functional analysis for diagnostic purposes represent the state of the art in scientific orientation. Not only do these approaches offer a rich empirical background, but they are eminently practicable for primary care physicians to use in office practice as a supplment to, or substitue for, chemotherapy. The text is up to date, and comprehensive treatment strategies are based on a well-researched survey of the literature. Reports of successful treatment methods, verified by experimental investigation, are included, allowing the reader