SYLVAN H. ROBERTSON, M.D.
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The non-psychiatrist, the internist primarily, encounters patients in whom depression is not easily recognized. Variations in the symptoms do not point to the primary syndrome. Both the patient and the doctor may be unaware that the patient is depressed. The doctor's preoccupation with the physical complaints that may be suggestive of pathologic organic alterations produces a search for somatic disease and, when no disease is found, the patient is left with the hollow reassurance that he is well. The diagnosis becomes psychoneurosis and, if the patient can continue to work, the physician may feel that his job is done.
ROBERTSON SH. VARYING CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF DEPRESSION1. Ann Intern Med. 1954;41:299–304. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-2-299
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;41(2):299-304.
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