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Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry.

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Edited by Hackett Thomas P., Cassem Ned H.. . 593 pages. The C. V. Mosby Company; , Saint Louis: , 1978.. Price, $14.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(2):340-341. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-91-2-340_2
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As psychiatry increasingly reaffirms its medical identity, books of this genre assume greater relevance to the general practice of both medicine and psychiatry. One of the best of its kind to appear to date, this book lives up to its promise to provide a "handbook for professionals who work with medical and surgical patients." It avoids excessive focus on theory and debate over current diagnostic terminology and derives its impact and effectiveness from very readable practical considerations of patient care in a general hospital setting. Individual writers, in presenting anecdotal material, personal bias, or clinical preference, are generally assiduous in


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