Edited by Charles William Wahl, MD. Price, $8.50. Pp 340, with no illustrations. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1964.
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The book consists of a series of 13 short essays based largely on the authors' personal experiences and beliefs. The essays are easy to read. The writing is better than in the majority of medical books I have read. The most useful chapter is Dr. Pumpian-Mindlin's discussion of interviewing technique, and the most interesting, Franz Alexander's presentation of the history of psychosomatic medicine.
The main trouble with the book is that there is almost nothing new in it. It could easily have been written 15 or 20 years ago. The basic theme of the book—that psychological processes influence health and require treatment—is not new nor are any of the specific proposals to implement the thesis. Indeed, as the reviewer, I would not bear down on the lack of newness had not the word "new" appeared in the title.
This book conveys far less useful information than such recent volumes as
Ostfeld AM. New Dimensions in Psychosomatic Medicine.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(1):102-103. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860130104020