The book is designed as a guide for the general practitioner. The first section of the book is a detailed discussion of the technic for obtaining case histories in physical illnesses. Typical reactions of patients during a case history recital are described. These include technics to overcome defenses and advice on how to deal with relatives.
Psychological concomitants in patients suffering from physical illnesses are primarily described. The author feels, however, that the general practitioner has little to do with the classic psychoneuroses or psychoses, and does not treat the mentally ill. In the second section the author describes similar problems and treatments in the care of children. A third section discusses psychological tests. The author believes that such tests are useful to the general practitioner but questions whether, in view of the multiplicity of personality reactions, standardization is possible. Tests mentioned briefly are the Rorschach Ink Blot Test, Frustration