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April 1968

Psychosomatic Ailments in Childhood and Adolescence.

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Madison, Wis

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(4):385. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640040079038

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The chief impression gained from reading this book is that there must be few data on psychosomatic disease in childhood and adolescence. Some of the papers are not particularly concerned with the young; and of those that are, many deal with the general management of "emotional disturbances." One is struck by the lack of reasonably hard data with respect to many of the questions discussed, a lack that presumably reflects not poor selection by the editors but rather the state of the literature with respect to this age group.

There are many interesting clinical insights and case reports of various sorts, the kind of things that might provide leads for the systematic research that should be the next step. Readers dealing with individual patients may find that they are helped in their own clinical activities by some of the material presented. There is a useful reprinting of Ring's evidence for

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