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September 1955

Emotions and Bodily Changes.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(3):372. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010374020

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This fourth edition of Dr. Dunbar's book is a monumental work which should be considered a classic in the field of psychosomatic medicine. Here in one volume is compiled a systematic survey of psychosomatic interrelationships. The book is outstanding as a reference work in that in addition to 751 pages of abstracted material there are 263 pages of bibliography.

The first part of the book consists of orientation and methodology, under which are discussed such subjects as "Problems of Integration and Differentiation," "Acute and Chronic Illness," and "Problems of Measurement."

Part 2 of the book is related to the great organ systems, so that one may review contributions pertinent to gastroenterology, cardiovascular medicine, endocrinology, etc.

In a volume of this size it is most difficult for a reviewer to cover the work in detail. Not being a psychiatrist, it would be presumptuous for this reviewer to attempt any specific criticism

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