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March 6, 1978

Psychobiology and Human Disease

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1978;239(10):972. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280370068034

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This is a one-man show of which the author should be proud. There are few individuals present or past who could approach, much less produce, this in-depth overview and trenchant critique of psychosomatic medicine— still a valuable appellation. This is a culmination of the solo ventures of Dunbar, Alexander, Deutsch, Grinker, Wolff, Schur, Mirsky, Hartman, Engel, and Mason, and the duet renditions of Weiss and English, Alexander and French, Cleghorn and Whittkower—all ancient and venerable. This is a feast to be savored and not to be considered alongside the smorgasbords of multititled, multiauthored conglomerate depictions of the psychosomatic arena, national and international, thrown together by several mediocre chefs during the past several years.

The best review of the work is contained in the foreword by John Romano and the preface by Herbert Weiner, suggesting the work does what the author set out to achieve— elaborates a theory of health and