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March 1958

The Practice of Psychosomatic Medicine As Illustrated in Allergy.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(3):338-339. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050340029

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Drs. Miller and Baruch present a very useful book to every medical and ancillary specialty that is likely to manage the patient with allergy. The emphasis is on comprehensive treatment and not on the complexities of immunochemistry or of depth psychology.

Although the authors do not refer to the art of medicine, it is obvious that they are its successful practitioners. They cite the histories and examinations of many patients and are explicit in the details of their management. Insofar as they report that the allergic reaction is favorably influenced and that the symptoms of pathophysiology abate, they regard their psychosomatic practice as successful.

It is most gratifying to read that they make no claim that their techniques permanently alter the underlying somatic and psychological mechanisms. With justification, they believe that the way in which a patient expresses his affects together with the therapist's skill in facilitating affect expression markedly

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