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Psychiatric Family Consultations: A Practical Approach in Family Practice for the Personal Physician

Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(2):295-300. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-66-2-295
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In 1954 cooperative studies were begun by a psychiatrist (M. G.) and an internist (J. V. T.) that led to a new technique of psychiatric consultation (1). These consultations were conducted in the internist's office with the internist present. Instead of being sent into the new and foreboding environment of a psychiatrist's office, the patient would come to the familiar situation of his internist's office where he was more at ease and had less tendency to develop special defenses.

Our original consultations involved three individuals: the patient, the consulting psychiatrist, who as guest in the internist's office was the central


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