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August 5, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(6):503. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800310041013

In January appeared the first issue of a new periodical to be published quarterly under the title Psychosomatic Medicine.1 As new concepts develop in the activities of our day, new words are coined to indicate their character. For centuries physicians have known that it is impossible to treat the body as if separate from the mind or the mind as if distinct from the body. In more recent years renewed emphasis has been placed on this point of view. The special attention paid to the constitution of the human being in relation to his growth and development and diseases has inspired the creation of special departments in medical schools devoted to the study of constitution and heredity. The dynamic psychology of Sigmund Freud placed new emphasis on the psychologic bases of many physical disturbances. The ultimate step would seem to be the present attempt to integrate these interests in