Liaison Psychiatry

Norman B. Levy, MD
JAMA. 1988;260(11):1630. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410110138050.
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For those unfamiliar with the term, "liaison psychiatry" refers to the outreach connections that psychiatry establishes with other medical specialties. It is generally carried out by psychiatrists who consult on patients who are physically sick and make rounds with or attend the conferences of various specialties.

Liaison Psychiatry is comprehensive and attempts to cover the broadest range of the subject. Its author undertakes a discussion of virtually every organ system and multiorgan diseases and syndromes such as pain and terminal illness, the psychopharmacology of the physically sick, therapy strategies, and how one takes a history and does a mental status examination. There is a comprehensive overview with a 24-item list of "What the Liaison Psychiatrist Can and Should Do."

An aspect of the book that deserves mention is the tone. The author seems not greatly compromised by doubts and tends to be very definitive in her conclusions. In this way,


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