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April 1963

The Student Physician as Psychotherapist.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(4):423-424. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720100113013

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This rather small book (241 pages including 47 tables and appendices) describes "a step, but only a step, in the direction we believe medical education in general should take" (p. 187). It is intended to increase "the medical student's comprehension of the kind and degree of personal impact he has on his patients in the course of carrying out standard diagnostic and treatment procedures" (p. vii). The reader is treated to a lucid presentation of the impact of psychotherapy upon 249 patients and 200 fourth-year medical students of The University of Chicago during the latter group's 17-week rotation on O.P.D. psychiatry. The value of the training program was assessed by the student therapists, by their supervisors, and by independent judges for the degree of enlightenment afforded the student; moreover, these individuals and the patients rated the program with regard to treatment efficiency or patient change.

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