EDWARD WEISS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Between the small number of obviously psychotic people whom an internist sees and the larger number of patients who are sick solely because of organic disease are a vast number of sick people who are not "out of their minds" and yet who do not have any definite bodily disease to account for their illness.
It is reliably estimated that about one-third of the patients who consult the internist fall into this group. These are the so-called purely functional problems of medical practice. Approximately another third of the patients who consult an internist seem to have symptoms that are in
WEISS E. THE TREATMENT OF ILLNESS OF EMOTIONAL ORIGIN BY THE INTERNIST1. Ann Intern Med. ;14:424–435. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-3-424
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(3):424-435.
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