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"Despite an emphasis on the teaching of the relationship between illness and the patient's emotional status, internists have a tendency to minimize psychiatric issues. Even when significant emotional difficulties are present, physicians tend to place these near the end of their problem-oriented lists. . . . Much blame of physicians, with associated threats of litigation, can be reduced by greater concern for caring of and for the patient as a person who has a disease that has caused illness, with all the myriad of psychological and social parameters that discomfort and disability can produce."
So observes M. J. Martin, M.D.,
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Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry/III.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:535. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-4-535_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(4):535.
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