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February 1954

Office Psychiatry, the Management of the Emotionally and Mentally Disturbed Patient.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(2):256. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090244025

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The physician without special training in psychiatry finds himself in a dilemma when confronted with patients in whose disease psychic factors are prominent. If he attempts to treat the emotional aspects of his patients, he is apt to be criticized by the psychiatrist for his temerity in venturing into a field where his ignorance is liable to cause harm. If, on the other hand, he neglects to give attention to the psyche, he will be criticized for the narrowness of his attitude.

Within recent years a number of psychiatrists have come to appreciate that physicians, by and large, must of necessity be the ones to apply psychiatric knowledge. Moreover, experience has shown that they are, as a group, good psychotherapeutists.

In "Office Psychiatry," Moench has set out to present to the physician a clear, simple, and useful statement of modern psychiatric concepts. The author avoids the special jargon and obscure

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