The Medical Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients

  • Randolph B. Schiffer
  • Robert F. Klein
  • Roger C. Sider

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 1-2
  3. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 3-24
  4. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 25-33
  5. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 35-65
  6. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 67-77
  7. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 79-126
  8. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 127-145
  9. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 147-176
  10. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 177-206
  11. Randolph B. Schiffer, Robert F. Klein, Roger C. Sider
    Pages 207-237
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 239-247

About this book

Introduction

One of the fascinations of psychiatry is that it is amenable to many different approaches. In seeking to account for mental disorder, for example, it is pos­ sible to explore the meaning and significance of symptoms in the psychody­ namic sense, to examine the social determinants of illness, or to adopt an es­ sentially biological viewpoint in investigating links between physiological and psychological dysfunction .. As a clinical discipline it may be practiced in the community, in the specialized clinic or hospital, or shoulder-to-shoulder with other medical practitioners in the general hospital. This richness and diversity are at once a strength and a weakness, attracting practitioners with a wide range of talents and interests, yet sometimes leading to polarizations and false an­ titheses. The so-called "medical model" of psychiatry has come under a good deal of attack, and deservedly so when claiming an exclusive provenance over all types and aspects of mental disorder. What cannot be gainsaid, however, is the central role of medicine in relation to many parts of the field, and the success in terms of understanding and therapy that has resulted from medicine's in­ volvement. Nor can it be doubted, after the most cursory acquaintance with the physically or mentally ill, that the relationship between these two forms of suffering is often so close and so mutually reinforcing that distinctions are drawn somewhat arbitrarily. This last is perhaps the cardinal reason for the alliance between medicine and psychiatry.

Keywords

Syndrom hospital medicine psychiatry psychosis syndromes therapy

Authors and affiliations

  • Randolph B. Schiffer
    • 1
  • Robert F. Klein
    • 1
  • Roger C. Sider
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Pine Rest Christian HospitalGrand RapidsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0783-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0785-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0783-7
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