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August 21, 1967

The Two Faces of Medicine

JAMA. 1967;201(8):644-645. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130080086044

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For more than 30 years, Dr. Carl Binger, an erudite psychoanalyst and a gifted writer, has been publishing on the integration of medicine and psychiatry. From these studies he has selected those which compose this book. Thereby he provides the readers with a fascinating review of the development of his ideas about psychosomatic medicine—the treatment of the whole patient and the need for all physicians to avoid the body-mind dichotomy and to consider psychological factors inevitably a part of every illness.

Dr. Binger is a humanist, a medical historian, and an experienced teacher. These attributes are evident throughout this book and make it not only informative and instructive but a pleasure to read. The Two Faces of Medicine is a thought-provoking book for leisurely perusal at the end of a practitioner's day.

Although this volume merits praise and commendation, there are a few deficiencies which detract from its value. Frequently,