July 31, 1948

Medicine for Moderns: The New Science of Psychosomatic Medicine

JAMA. 1948;137(14):1266. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890480086043

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Psychosomatic medicine is the catchword. of the. hour, and Dr. Frank Slaughter has written about it for persons generally. While not himself especially trained in the field, he has read the best available literature, and his book is essentially a translation of the available writings into everyday English. Yet comprehension may still be difficult for those without some college background in modern psychology and even psychiatry. Dr. Slaughter has been unable to avoid the diction of this new field, and such expressions as "genitalization of the libido" and "id" and "superego" complicate the text. For the unenlightened the explanations do not quite explain. About the best of the chapters is that called "The Discontented Colon." In view of the various organic changes that have been proclaimed in fibrositis, the author seems to overemphasize its psychosomatic origin. Thus far the available evidence does not explain many of the clinical manifestations of

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