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June 29, 1940

Sketches in Psychosomatic Medicine

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By Smith Ely Jelliffe, M.D., Consulting Neurologist to Manhattan State and Kings Park Hospitals, New York. Nervous and Mental Disease Monographs, No. 65. Boards. Price, $3. Pp. 155, with illustrations. New York: Nervous and Mental Disease Monographs, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(26):2591. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810260077035

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This collection of papers written by Dr. Jelliffe over a period of years is especially interesting at this time because of the intensified interest in psychosomatic problems. The author has long been the most prominent advocate of principles of psychosomatic medicine. In his textbook, written with the late Dr. White, he has always attempted to integrate psychologic factors with problems of organic medicine. In the collected papers within this volume the catholic interest of the author is indicated by the range of subjects about which he has written. From myopia to contractures of the hand one finds evidences of unconscious psychologic factors in the etiology. Dr. Jelliffe's work will long remain as a milestone in the development of psychosomatic medicine and his original investigations are of great interest. However, the actual correlations between emotional disturbances and physical dysfunctions are not worked out in the detail that we now have at

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