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October 1955

PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE: Past, Present, and Future

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;74(4):441-450. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330160091011

PSYCHOSOMATIC medicine is well on the way to becoming a singular specialty. It now has its coterie of practitioners, its speciality publications, its journals, its monographs, and its historical treatises. True, it is still lacking an international society and a specialty board. But if things move as rapidly and in the same direction during the next 10 years as they have in the past 25, we may expect in the not-too-distant future, both a world-wide society and a specialty board.

These are eventualities which I, for one, do not envisage with pleasure or satisfaction.

Psychosomatic medicine is singular because, unlike all other specialties, it does not revolve about a technological skill, such, for example, as radiology or surgery; or about a definitive system or organs, as is the case, say, with ophthalmology or gastroenterology; or about an age span, as do pediatrics and gerontology. It is not even a nosological

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