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Somatization disorder is a "chronic, relapsing psychiatric condition characterized by multiple unexplained somatic complaints." The recognition and management of patients with this disorder by primary care physicians is the subject of this monograph.
Primary care physicians of my acquaintance do not go looking for these patients. Rather they often do their utmost to avoid them. And for good reasons—they are frustrating, demanding, and seldom if ever express the kind of gratitude that doctors appreciate, getting well. Nevertheless, most physicians encounter them in their work and knowing what to do with them is a major challenge.
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Somatization Disorder in the Medical Setting. Ann Intern Med. 1992;116:781. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-116-9-781_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(9):781.
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