July 1960

Physiology and Psychosomatic Medicine

Author Affiliations

Heidelberg, Germany
Department of Physiology, University of Heidelberg.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;3(1):99-110. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.01710010101013

It is characteristic both of physiology and of psychosomatic medicine that one so seldom encounters them in a combined form that one is expressly called upon to make a special investigation of the connections between them. Physiology has become a science of the body; its findings, once coming from the frog, now at any rate come from the dog and the cat. A physiology of man begins as an extension of this classical line, and leads to the "animal called man." And so one inserts catheters in this, the highest of the mammals, and repeats measurements that are principally known from the dog. The catchword "soul" is not to be found along this way, which ends in a zoology of man and in a medical science of laboratory findings. The German and foreign textbooks on the subject to which I referred contain neither the catchword "psyche" nor its translation into

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