This text is a revised edition of a previous book, Psychiatry for the Family Physician. The new title would indicate that it is directed to a wider audience; however, its primary focus remains the family physician. All texts of this gender are based on the indivisibility of body and mind. The author pays lip service to this same theme by indicating the fusion of psychological and social aspects with biological determinants. In the clarification of the various clinical syndromes one cannot find the synthesis explicit in this text.
The first chapter, entitled "Emotions and Illness," is a succinct introduction to the psychological determinants of the sick role. If he is then asked what it is about a strep throat, pneumonia or cancer that scares him, his answer might include:
He fears the pains and suffering that he believes the illness causes.
He worries about being helpless.
He fears loss of