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Presidential Address: A Tale of Two Societies

Wise, Thomas N. MD

Presidential Address

Although consultation-liaison psychiatry grew out of the general hospital psychiatry movement, the American Psychosomatic Society has played a vital role in nurturing the discipline. Through the Society's journal, Psychosomatic Medicine, and its meetings, consultation psychiatry continues to stay in the mainstream. The subspecialty has developed in both content and strength to merit a focused organization, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. The role of both organizations in the development of consultation-liaison psychiatry is discussed and recommendations for future collaborative activities are suggested.

From the Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA; Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington D.C.

Address reprint requests to: Thomas N. Wise, MD, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22046.

Received for publication June 13, 1994; revision received August 23, 1994.

Copyright © 1995 by American Psychosomatic Society
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