Medical Update for Psychiatrists, a bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal that premiered in January/February 1996, aims to "provide psychiatrists with upto-date, scientifically accurate, clinically useful information on the diagnosis and treatment of nonpsychiatric disorders." Articles are intended to focus on important advances in medicine, particularly technological and preventive, that psychiatrists may find helpful in dealing with their patients. A typical issue consists of one article in each of a number of areas: "General Medicine Update," "Gynecology Update," "Pediatrics Update," and "Surgery Update." The articles themselves deal with diverse subjects, like "Breast Feeding and Maternal Medications," "Obesity Treatment: the Role of Surgery," and "Hypothyroidism."
Medical Update for Psychiatrists cannot be considered a research-oriented journal. In contrast, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and Psychosomatics publish new findings from empirical research regarding the reciprocal mechanisms linking psychiatric and medical illnesses. Instead, the content of Medical Update for Psychiatrists can best be viewed as continuing medical