The author describes attitudes held by nonpsychiatric physicians that
are responsible for poor psychological handling of patients, including low
interest in psychosocial aspects of illness, judgment of and disinterest in
hypochondriasis or conversion reaction, avoidance of psychotic or
terminally ill patients, and anger toward patients with unpleasant
characteristics. He discusses reasons for these attitudes and suggests that
medical schools increase psychological education and psychiatry departments
increase the relevance of their teaching.