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July 1968

Disease Pain and Sacrifice: Toward a Psychology of Suffering.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(1):120-121. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740070122018

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The title of the book represents what the author considers to be the three components of human suffering: the biological, Psychological, and existential aspects. On page 103 the author writes "But what is a book? Among other things a book demands of the reader that he classify it as fiction or nonfiction, as fantasy or fact, as modern librarians characteristically do for us." I believe that this too is part of a reviewer's function. In general I can state that it is not a scientific book because it contains basic errors and does not clearly show the origin of the author's ideas and cites only those predecessors with whom the author agrees—accentuating the work of Selye. It is not a psychological treatise because it is heavily biased in favor of freudian theory, in fact seems to attempt an articulation between Selye's biology and

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