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November 1963

Outline of Psychiatry.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(5):795. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860050182034

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The content of this volume is drawn, according to the author, from the material presented by the author to medical students, interns, and residents. It attempts to integrate psychiatry with comprehensive medicine. This text is more than an outline; it is a fascinating introduction to psychiatry. The etiological, biological, and ecological considerations of general psychiatry are cogently and succinctly assessed. Even the areas of psychopathology and forensic psychiatry are presented in a lucid and intriguing manner.

Dr. Cammer describes human behavior as being rooted in biology. Each person has a different genetic and constitutional make-up. A reciprocal and synergistic reaction exists between the person and his environment. The changes in stress and our reactions to them produce quantitative and qualitative changes in our personality. The person develops according to the physiological principles of adaptation. The cultural stresses which society imposes take on meaning and are called values. The aggregate of

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