The Primary Care Physician's Guide to Common Psychiatric and Neurologic Problems: Advice on Evaluation and Treatment from Johns Hopkins

The Primary Care Physician's Guide to Common Psychiatric and Neurologic Problems: Advice on Evaluation and Treatment from Johns Hopkins

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801865541
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Phillip R. Slavney, M.D., is Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of Psychiatric Dimensions of Medical Practice and coauthor of The Perspectives of Psychiatry, both available from Johns Hopkins University Press. Orest Hurko, M.D., is an associate professor of neurology, neurological surgery, medicine, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Contents:

I Psychiatric Problems
Screening Psychiatric Evaluation, Karin J. Neufeld
Sadness, John R. Lipsey
Nervousness, Michael R. Clark
Forgetfulness, Peter V. Rabins
Unrealistic Concerns about Health, Mark L. Teitelbaum
Suicidal Thoughts, Dean F. MacKinnon
Dependence on Alcohol or Drugs, Alan J. Romanoski

II Neurological Problems
Screening Neurological Evaluation, Orest Hurko
Weakness, Richard O'Brien
Numbness or Tingling, Vinay Chaudry
Back Pain, John Dean Rybock
Headaches, David W. Buchholz
Dizzy Spells, Peter W. Kaplan
Tremor, Stephen G. Reich

What People are Saying About This

"A ready reference or 'handbook' for the primary care practitioner. The symptom-centered chapters and straightforward language will make this volume very useful in the busy practitioner's office."

Paul Paulman

A ready reference or 'handbook' for the primary care practitioner. The symptom-centered chapters and straightforward language will make this volume very useful in the busy practitioner's office.

Paul Paulman, M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center

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