This concise volume advises primary care physicians on how to
recognize, evaluate, and treat common psychiatric and neurologic
complaints in patients with medical illness. Patients with these
problems used to be referred to specialists, but under the current
system of health care they are increasingly being evaluated and
treated by internists and family practitioners.
The book contains twelve problem-focused chapters, each written
by a specialist faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine who is experienced in consulting with primary
care physicians. The problems discussed are sadness, nervousness,
forgetfulness, unrealistic concerns about health, suicidal
thoughts, alcoholism and drug dependence, weakness, numbness, back
pain, headaches, dizziness, and tremor. Screening evaluations for
psychiatric and neurologic disorders are also outlined and
The book is designed to serve as both an introduction and a
convenient reference. The authors emphasize improving communication
with patients about issues of diagnosis and treatment.
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