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March 1957

The Practice of Psychosomatic Medicine as Illustrated in Allergy

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(3):473. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550150161031

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This book will be appreciated even by those—and there will be many—who will disagree with much of it, for the authors by using the case-method technique have written an interesting and readable book. The orientation is along the modern psychodynamic lines of formulation.

The primary focus is on treatment. The most valuable concept here is that seemingly simple techniques of ventilation, such as a few words, may be accompanied by a wealth of meaningful material and result in a happier patient, particularly in the young. Such techniques as "People get angry sometimes" may provide the conduit by which anxiety-producing hostility is openly channelled to the benefit of the patient. The value of a play interview with the patient acting out in a controlled situation is apparently incalculable, according to the authors, in relieving simple tension.

Though this technique is worth while in the simple acute situation, one wonders

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