1. Overview: Scope of Liaison Psychiatry 2. Assessment: Multidimensional Method 3. Psychological Presentation in Various Disorders 4. Pain 5. Liaison in Neurological Disorders 6. Liaison in Cardiorespiratory Disorders 7. Liaison in Gastrointestinal Problems 8. Liaison in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 9. Liaison in Endocrine and Metabolic Problems 10. Liaison in Renal and Genitourinary Problems 11. Liaison in Bone and Joint Problems 12. Liaison in Dermatology and Infections 13. Liaison in Oncology 14. Terminal Illness 15. Pharmacology in Liaison Psychiatry: Summary of General Principles 16. General Strategies for the Liaison Therapist. Subject Index. Author Index.
Liaison psychiatry, that is, psychiatry with patients with organic disorders or physical symptoms in general hospitals, is a field that grew rapidly in the 1980s. Yet there had been no introductory book to the subject which might have served the needs of trainee psychiatrists, medical students, and general physicians and surgeons, as well as nurses and others, whose patients might be involved.
This book, originally published in 1987, aimed to fill this gap in the literature. It begins by examining the scope and organisational issues of liaison psychiatry at the time and its role in psychiatric patients with organic disease, psychosomatic disorders, emotional reactions to physical disease, terminal illness, etc. The bulk of the book then reviews liaison in a range of medical specialities. The book should thus have a wide readership.