W. KEITH C. MORGAN, M.D.
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To the editor: In the review article by Leigh and Reiser (Ann Intern Med 87:233-239, 1977) is the following passage: "As Lipowski pointed out in 1974, the essence of consultation-liaison psychiatry today is a holistic approach to the total patient, in his biologic, psychologic, and social dimensions. This approach is obviously inimical to the simple reductionistic ones, whether to unconscious conflicts or twisted molecules." I assume the first sentence could equally well read, "Psychiatrists (behavioral medicine specialists?) when doing consultations should consider the whole patient." I cannot but wonder how one can have a holistic approach to a less than
MORGAN WKC. Psychiatric Jargon. Ann Intern Med. 1977;87:798. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-87-6-798_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(6):798.
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