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December 1949

Psychiatry in General Practice.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(6):1021-1022. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230060178016

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In the past a wide gap has separated the psychiatrist and the rest of the medical profession. This is unfortunate because, in practically every instance, the family physician sees the patient first and, in the long run, is required to treat more mentally ill patients in the stage when treatment short of shock therapy may be effective than the psychiatrist. Dr. Thorner's book, "Psychiatry in General Practice," as stated in his preface, "is an attempt to lift psychiatry out of the realm of terra incognita for those whose primary efforts are spent in other fields.... Only by removing the aura of mystery from the practice of psychiatry, can psychiatry be rendered a useful tool in the hands of those who deal with the greatest number of psychiatric patients."

One cannot help but agree with Dr. C. C. Burlingame in his foreword when he points out that "to an astonishing degree,

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