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This is a strangely constructed little book. It consists of the opening address of the first French Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine, held at Vittel from July 8-10, 1960, which occupies the first 40 pages, and then elaborate notes, which extend over the remaining 76 pages. The notes are said to be addressed to physicians who are not psychosomatic specialists, and they consist of amplifications and illustrative case histories. As is customary with such brief monographs, there is very little in the way of bibliography, the author contenting himself with referring to the works of Alexander, Dunbar, Grinker, Weiss, and English, etc., which contain extensive bibliographies. The address is concerned mainly with the cerebral theory of motion and its relations to lesions and to hysteria.
There is little that is new in this brief summary. The exposition of the neurophysiological work of Cannon, Papez, Magoun,
Bailey P. Introduction a la Médecine Psychosomatique.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(2):150. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720020074016