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Consultation/liaison psychiatrists have rather uncritically latched onto George Engel's biopsychosocial model in medicine as one of their tingle words. Professor Kimball's well-written book includes this word in its title and undoubtedly will further liaison psychiatry's commerce with the model.
Of the 30 chapters, 15 are modified from previously published papers. The prose flows well and is kind and gentle in tone. Paragraphs are perhaps too long, but the chapters are relatively short.
Unlike many interested in this area, the author does not formally or by innuendo try to demean high-technology medicine as antithetical to humanism. He does insist throughout the
Biopsychosocial Approach to the Patient.. Ann Intern Med. ;95:247–248. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-247_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(2):247-248.
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