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Comment: the role of psychiatry in medicine
Am J Psychiatry 1982;139:1581-1587.
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Psychiatry shares with the rest of medicine all basic goals, assumptions, and approaches as well as many techniques. Any apparent "differences in approach" between psychiatry and general medicine arise from a confusion between the essentials and the specialized techniques and procedures developed in psychiatry. The educational task of psychiatry--to integrate relevant knowledge and skills from the behavioral sciences with the biological sciences and to operationalize a comprehensive approach to patient care--can be accomplished by the general psychiatrist through consultation and collaborative care of patients.

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