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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 333–335. Reviews the book, Contemporary Models in Liaison Psychiatry edited by Robert A. Faguet, Fawzy I. Fawzy, David K. Wellisch, and Robert O. Pasnau (1978). This book brings three important messages that have crucial relevance for the quality of health care. First, there is irrefutable evidence that psychological and social, as well as biological factors play a role in the initiation and course of disease. Second, the boundaries of liaison psychiatry should be extended beyond the routine medical/surgical patients usually dealt with. Third, it attests to the validity of certain core propositions that presently form the theoretical base on which liaison psychiatry rests. Almost every chapter provides comprehensive and useful background material on the medical problem discussed. This book makes an important contribution to the dissemination of such a biopsycho-social model. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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