vol 8, ed 1, F. A. Whitlock, MD, 248 pp, with illus, $18, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1976.
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Psychophysiological Aspects of Skin Disease, which is from the series Major Problems in Dermatology, is a well-written, readable monograph. The first part of the book is a historical perspective of the subject. Inadequately controlled and biased studies are dissected in an attempt to extract information that may help the reader gain a perspective of the subject. Clinical experience more than scientific investigation was used to formulate the conclusions of these studies.
The first chapters are cumbersome reading because of painstaking reviews of the literature. Brief discussions of psychologic, physiologic, and hypnotic tools used to construct many recent psychophysiologic theories will be useful especially to the naive reader.
The second half of the book deals with specific skin disorders, with an introductory literature review and then a subsequent assessment of present interpretations. The inability of investigators to control their studies and remove their bias is again emphasized. Too much text, however,
Smith SZ. Psychophysiological Aspects of Skin Disease, Major Problems in Dermatology series. Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(7):994. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640070128041