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Medically unexplained symptoms in patients attending medical clinics

Michael Sharpe

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.260503

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Medically unexplained symptoms in patients attending medical clinics

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Patients commonly present to doctors with symptoms, and doctors seek disease to explain these symptoms. However, in about one-third of medical outpatients the symptoms remain inadequately explained by disease, even after exhaustive assessment. The size of the problem of medically unexplained symptoms, their cost to services, and public health importance are all becoming increasingly clear....

Chapter.  7005 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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