The Primary Care Physician's Guide to Common Psychiatric and Neurologic Problems
Advice on Evaluation and Treatment From Johns HopkinseBook - 2001
Faculty specialists at the prestigious Baltimore medical school offer 12 problem-focused chapters with titles that generally reflect words patients use. They describe the usual presentation of the problems in adults, and its major causes, then provide advice on clinical assessment, initial treatment, and referral to specialists. The short reference speaks to a need as an increasingly profit-hungry medical industry fines doctors for questionable referrals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
"This excellent, concise book is a practical, easy to use resource for the busy primary care physician. It compares favorably with any short overview presentation of psychiatric or neurologic symptoms." -- Doody's Health Sciences Review
This concise volume advises primary care physicians on how to recognize, evaluate, and treat common psychiatric and neurologic complaints in patients with medical illness. Patients with these problems used to be referred to specialists, but under the current system of health care they are increasingly being evaluated and treated by internists and family practitioners.
The book contains twelve problem-focused chapters, each written by a specialist faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who is experienced in consulting with primary care physicians. The problems discussed are sadness, nervousness, forgetfulness, unrealistic concerns about health, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism and drug dependence, weakness, numbness, back pain, headaches, dizziness, and tremor. Screening evaluations for psychiatric and neurologic disorders are also outlined and explained.
The book is designed to serve as both an introduction and a convenient reference. The authors emphasize improving communication with patients about issues of diagnosis and treatment.