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January 14, 1983

Psychiatric Management for Medical Practitioners

Author Affiliations

Chicago Medical School North Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1983;249(2):285. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330260091058

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According to present-day conventional wisdom, all specialties see a varying, though significant, number of patients with emotional problems as well as many patients who exhibit manifestations of overt psychiatric disease. Kornfeld and Finkel are concerned about experienced clinicians who feel a lack of time or deficient training prevents them from treating such patients. Blame for this unfortunate state is assigned to medical school programs that present psychiatric diagnosis but neither the basis of psychotherapy nor the niceties of psychopharmacology. Nevertheless, the authors posit that most physicians unknowingly apply some basic psychotherapeutic skills in everyday practice. Thus, this book is offered as "a supplement to standard textbooks of psychiatry," to enhance patient care, and to increase "physician satisfaction."

Glancing at the table of contents produces a pleasant anticipation: 16 of 19 chapters promise "management" of commonly seen but important situations. Closer examination reveals the first three chapters are an extended introduction