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October 1970

Psychiatry in Medical Practice.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(4):702-703. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310100148025

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It is a tribute to the vitality, and even the exuberance, of American medicine that this sizeable symposium, by 18 distinguished contributors, is only one of a fortnightly series of symposia on a variety of medical themes.

The present volume provides a vital and necessary bridge between the psychiatrist and the nonpsychiatric physician. In the words of the Introduction, the essays are arranged in four groups. The first group describes the relationship between life-conflict and disease, and the technical aspects of the initial and subsequent interviews. The next group describes specific kinds of problem patients with whom the doctor frequently has to deal. The third group details specific types of treatment the physician may find to be useful; and the fourth group considers how ancillary professional people can help the general physician.

While it is true that the born physician will find that he has always been intuitively using the

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