Why all of medicine should care about DSM-5.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 3811 O'Hara St, Room 210, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.
JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association (Impact Factor: 29.98). 05/2010; 303(19):1974-5. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2010.646
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