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August 1993

Skin Deep

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Philadelphia, Pa

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(8):1071-1072. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680290147034

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Ted Grossbart, a clinical psychologist, together with Carl Sherman, a medical writer, has developed a "Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin," directed to the sufferer from skin disease and also to the dermatologist responsible for the patient's care.

Rightly, Dr Grossbart recognizes that in any disease process an emotional factor is inevitable, whether it be contributory to the cause or secondary to the malaise. Using the biopsychosocial model, he outlines scientific evidence to support mindbody interaction. He explores the emotional significance of skin and suggests ways in which patients may tune into and understand the meaning of their personal "somatic language."

But perhaps this book's greatest achievement is to present psychodynamic theory in readable and understandable form. One leams painlessly, and in a meaningful way, about intrapsychic conflict, anxiety, the psychologic defense mechanisms, transference, countertransference, and resistance; in effect, how one ticks, and why one ticks in the particular way that

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