Lipsitt_FoundationsFoundations of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: The Bumpy Road to Specialization (Routledge, 2016) by Don R. Lipsitt, MD, documents the development of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry from its inception to the present. The book draws on contributions from philosophy, physiology, psychoanalysis, epidemiology and other disciplines to define the broad scope of the field. Distinctions and similarities between Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine will be of interest to psychiatrists, social workers, and health psychologists, as well as students, residents, and fellows pursuing careers in these disciplines.

“My work in Consultation-Liaison, Psychosomatic Medicine, and General Hospital Psychiatry has been greatly informed by “applied psychoanalysis” and incorporated in my hospital and clinical work. As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, my entire career has been devoted to bringing psychological, psychiatric, and psychoanalytic concepts to the practice of medicine. Ramon Greenberg and I worked on changing the tax deduction prohibition for psychoanalytic training as a “separate profession” to an “extension” of what we did as psychiatrists in our respective jobs, making it now possible for every trainee to claim it as an “enhancement” of their declared profession and therefore tax-deductible as “advanced training.” ~ Don R. Lipsitt

Don R. Lipsitt, MD, is a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a past president of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine. The founder of two journals on consultation-liaison psychiatry, he is the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards for contributions to the field. The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine has inaugurated the “Don R. Lipsitt Award for Achievement in Integrated and Collaborative Care.”

Members can borrow the book from the BPSI Library.