The high percentage of psychiatric problems in the case-load of most physicians has long been recognized. It is rapidly becoming apparent that most such problems cannot and probably should not be referred to psychiatrists. The family doctor can cope with them, but often, because of lack of specific training, he fears to do so. Recently, several books have appeared written by psychiatrists and designed to help him. Of all such books this is one of the simplest and clearest.
Chapman describes, with a minimum of theoretical discussion, the common emotional disorders. He tells how the patient looks, acts, and probably feels, outlines quite specifically what the doctor may say and do, and stresses the value of explanation, reassurance, advice, and medication. Although Chapman advises careful history-taking and willingness to listen to patients, he does not recommend extensive psychological exploration. Instead, he suggests that the few patients who require this be