EDWIN B. KNIGHTS, M.D.; MARSHAL F. FOLSTEIN, M.D.
In 1944, Christian (1) observed that internists were allowing their concern with complex technology to divert their attention from patients' emotional problems. Romano and Engel (2) have reported the neglect of cognitive deficits as well. Our study was designed to show the prevalence of unsuspected emotional and cognitive disturbances on an acute medical ward and the ease with which these problems can be detected by recently developed screening techniques.
All patients admitted to three general medical wards in September 1976, were studied. There were 32 women and 25 men, with a mean age of 55 and a range in age
KNIGHTS EB, FOLSTEIN MF. Unsuspected Emotional and Cognitive Disturbance in Medical Patients. Ann Intern Med. 1977;87:723–724. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-6-723
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(6):723-724.
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