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February 1965

Evolution of Psychosomatic Concepts.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(2):221-222. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720320109013

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Doctors Kaufman and Heiman offer us an attractive book with a dual function. They present a historical review of the evolution of psychosomatic concepts, in general. And they trace, in some detail, the development of psychological views of one particular psychosomatic syndrome, anorexia nervosa, as a paradigm of this evolution. To accomplish this, they are part editors and part authors. For their technique is to reprint a sequence of key classical articles and to develop their thesis by providing a series of critical explanatory introductory essays which places each in perspective. In addition, they have written a valuable original chapter which summarizes modern theoretical (essentially psychoanalytic) concepts of psychogenesis. Included among the reprints are the great classical articles of Gull and Leseque; Stainbrook's review of the 19th century roots of psychosomatic medicine; and contributions by Janet, Charcot, Farguarson and Hyland, Deutch and others—some not otherwise immediately available. Also

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