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Respective Treatment: A Practical Handbook of Patient Care.

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Second edition. Edited by Lipp Martin R.. . 331 Pages. Elsevier Science Publishing Company, Inc., New York: , 1986.. $18.95 (paperback).

Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(6):988. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-6-988_2
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Awareness of the need to incorporate humanistic attributes in medical practice has increased dramatically in recent years, even though effective role models are scarce in most academic institutions. Ongoing changes in the reimbursement system may dampen the enthusiasm of practicing physicians.

Reasonable suggestions on how to provide "respectful treatment" in the present medical climate constitute one aspect of this book. Most of the text is devoted to a pleasant and comprehensive description of psychological and psychiatric problems common in general practice, with sensible therapeutic recommendations.

The real strength, however, is that the book probes physicians' attitudes toward their profession and


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