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General introduction 

General introduction

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General introduction
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Michael Sharpe

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.2601
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date: 24 May 2017

All physicians who deal with patients experience situations where psychiatric knowledge, skills, and attitudes are relevant. This section of the book provides (1) guidance on how to take a psychiatric history and perform a mental state examination in a medical patient; (2) information about those psychiatric diagnoses most relevant to general medical practice; (3) practical advice on the management of depression and anxiety when it coexists with disease, medically unexplained somatic symptoms, deliberate self-harm, and acute behavioural problems; and (4) detailed information on the common and clinically important problems of alcohol and substance misuse....

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