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March 1954

Psychosomatic Approach to Gynecology and Obstetrics.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;71(3):404. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02320390134016

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This volume is publication Number 164 of the Bannerstone Division of American Lecturers in Gynecology and Obstetrics, edited by Dr. E. C. Hamblen, of Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Fritz Wengraf is adjunct neuropsychiatrist, Beth Israel Hospital, New York, and has had training in both psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology.

The author presents the psychological and psychiatric aspects of all female generative functions and emphasizes the different reactions of well-adjusted and emotionally disturbed women to their feminine functions. The constructive results of psychiatric support in gynecological and obstetrical situations are illustrated with case histories.

One of Dr. Wengraf's basic premises is that many gynecological disorders are expressions of inner conflicts arising from the patient's personality development and constitutional and hereditary factors.

"The gynecologist" he writes, "must enrich his armamentarium, not with new machines but with a new approach. He must learn to treat his patients by psychological means, not

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