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June 1946

The Person in the Body.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;55(6):687. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300170135015

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With the aid of much illustrative material from case histories, the author describes the forces which operate in the production of psychosomatic disturbances. He uses freudian principles and labels in identifying these forces and in tracing them to their origins. He does not, however, include the more labyrinthine interpretations but indicates, rather, that much change can often be effected by relatively simple psychotherapy.

The book is written for the physician who has had no special training in psychiatry and for the layman who might come to him for a psychosomatic complaint. In general, the book follows the growth of the person and points out the corresponding relationships of body and mind in the process and how often body and mind have to play "under-study" roles for one another. The mass of clinical data cited will carry conviction of the reality of the problem to the practitioner, who is likely to