Leston L. Havens, M.D.
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The contemporary physician who is not a psychiatric specialist tends to regard psychiatry from four points of interest. Medicine's concern with the body excites special respect for any physical understanding of mental disease, the need to manage patients in practice highlights psychiatric contributions to that purpose, psychosomatic observations provide a natural bridge between the specialties, and psychiatric diagnoses or appraisals are necessary for dispositional purposes and sometimes in the recognition of suicidal risks. Any one of these four topics could therefore be the starting point for a presentation of aspects of contemporary psychiatry to physicians. However, because the problems of
Leston L. Havens. Some Present Problems in Understanding Psychiatry.. Ann Intern Med. 1967;66:1066–1067. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-1066_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):1066-1067.
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