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Basic Psychiatry for the Primary Care Physician.

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Edited by Abram Harry S.. . 291 pages. Little, Brown and Company; , Boston: , 1976.. Price, not given.

Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(3):387. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-87-3-387_3
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The editor defines "basic" in the title of this book as "the fundamental or essential parts of psychiatry as they relate to the practice of medicine, and not to elementary or simplistic postulates." The book lives up to its title and to its purpose of presenting fundamental information of use to primary physicians.

It is not a comprehensive review of the field but a collection of papers selected for their relevance and timeliness. Each chapter stands by itself, rather like an issue of "Medical/Psychiatric Clinics of North America" if there were such a journal. Coverage is broad, ranging from the


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