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July 31, 1954

Psychosomatic Case Book.

JAMA. 1954;155(14):1292. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690320096035

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In this case book the authors present the basic principles of a psychosomatic approach to medicine by contributing and discussing short clinical records of patients with a variety of illnesses. They introduce their work with the history of a patient and raise a number of pertinent questions about him. Their purpose is to demonstrate the relationships of psyche and soma in health and disease and particularly in certain syndromes. The authors are well qualified for the task they have undertaken, and they speak with authority in this volume, which is directed toward physicians and students. Their approach is analytic and from the standpoint of dynamic psychiatry, but all aspects of the patients and the illnesses are taken into account in the clinical evaluations. The language is clear, and the writing is good. In several places the analytic interpretations of symptoms become a bit too technical, but on the whole the

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