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One of the most difficult and stressful tasks encountered by primary physicians is taking care of the emotional problems of patients. Although there is a growing emphasis on the importance of primary care, most medical school and residency training emphasizes in-patient care, whereas the ambulatory experience is relegated to special problems, electives, or, even, to the imagination. Several textbooks address the management of the emotional aspects of medical illness, but, like medical training, emphasize these aspects in hospitalized patients.
Lurie addresses the emotional aspects of ambulatory care in a clear and definitive manner. He deals comprehensively with interviewing, depression, sexual
Practical Management of Emotional Problems in Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;98:1042–1043. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-6-1042_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(6):1042-1043.
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