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Every medical specialty struggles to understand and care for its "problem patients," those who have physical symptoms for which physicians have no biomedical diagnosis or treatment. Dr. Bass's book offers help in the form of 13 chapters by leading figures in British consultation psychiatry. The introductory chapters discuss somatization and are followed by sections about specific clinical problems: chronic fatigue, functional abdominal pain, cardiorespiratory symptoms, conversion symptoms, gynecologic symptoms, pelvic pain, and dermatologic symptoms. The book is intended primarily for psychiatrists with medical providers as a secondary audience.
The book has several strengths. Every chapter is clear, thorough, and evenhanded.
Somatization: Physical Symptoms and Psychological Illness. Ann Intern Med. ;115:415. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-5-415_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(5):415.
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