Psychiatry currently is involved in a great movement out into the community. Part of that community—and a most important part—is the general hospital. At the recent second AMA Congress on Mental Health emphasis on the important relationships between psychiatrists and other physicians, including those within the general hospital, were stressed. To some extent, psychiatrists have maintained their roles as physicians working within such hospitals. But this has been very limited and has been least true of dynamically oriented psychiatrists.
A few devoted and gifted individuals, however, have carried on with this work. Notable among them are Dr. Grete Bibring and her co-workers and students at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. The present volume is a report of their work; their successes and difficulties. About one third of the chapters have been specially written for this book; the remainder are reprints of previous publications of the group dating back