September 1951

The Bases of Human Behavior: A Biologic Approach to Psychiatry.

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By Leon J. Saul, M.D. Price, $4. Pp. 150, with illustrations. J. B. Lippincott Company, 227-231 S. 6th St., Philadelphia 5, 1951.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(3):417. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810090148038

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This book presents an introduction to the basic theories of dynamic psychiatry and considers the relation of these theories to present-day concepts of physiology, with particular reference to new theories concerning the physiologic effects of stress. Stress is considered to be either of a reactive type arising from the conflict of the person with his environment or of an inner type arising from the basic emotional conflicts of the person developed in childhood.

An attempt is made to follow the impact of psychic and emotional tension through to physiologic end-point reactions on body tissues.

The style of the book is simple and clear. It should be of considerable value to beginning students of medicine in clarifying the theoretic concepts which underlie the expanding field of psychosomatic medicine.

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