MATHEW ROSS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Of the various medical emergencies that confront today's physician, undoubtedly the most challenging are the psychiatric. The most prevalent of the psychiatric emergency situations are alcoholism, agitated psychotic behavior, and suicidal behavior (1). The first two are fairly readily recognizable and their immediate management a good deal more straightforward than the suicidal behavior, which may or may not be associated with alcoholism, psychosis, or both, and which all too often is the outcome of a depressed state.
Every physician can do a great deal more than he is already doing to reduce the shocking rate
ROSS M. The Practical Recognition of Depressive and Suicidal States. Ann Intern Med. ;64:1079–1086. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-64-5-1079
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(5):1079-1086.
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