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PSYCHIATROGENIC ILLNESS
A. H. CHAPMAN
Am J Psychiatry 1960;116:873-877.
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Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan.

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The term psychiatrogenic may be used in referring to problems and symptoms precipitated by psychiatric attention or treatment. Such difficulties may occur as the result of interview treatment, electroshock treatment or exposure of patients to psychiatric hospital procedure and diagnostic techniques. The current widespread increase of psychiatric treatment is to be commended, but the psychiatrogenic hazards that accompany it should be recognized.

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