The Problems of Evaluation in Psychiatry

  • Seymour L. Halleck
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


When residents and medical students begin to work with psychiatric patients, they have already learned a great deal about the process of medical evaluation. They know how to detect signs and symptoms of illness by taking a history and performing a physical examination. They have also learned how to use abnormal findings as a guide to laboratory testing and to appreciate the relevance of these findings to diagnosis and treatment. These skills are all necessary or essential in treating psychiatric patients. Unfortunately, they are far from sufficient.


Mental Illness Personality Trait Psychiatric Patient Physical Illness Psychiatric Evaluation 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seymour L. Halleck
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  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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