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PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE: Past, Present, and Future

PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE: Past, Present, and Future Abstract PSYCHOSOMATIC medicine is well on the way to becoming a singular specialty. It now has its coterie of practitioners, its speciality publications, its journals, its monographs, and its historical treatises. True, it is still lacking an international society and a specialty board. But if things move as rapidly and in the same direction during the next 10 years as they have in the past 25, we may expect in the not-too-distant future, both a world-wide society and a specialty board. These are eventualities which I, for one, do not envisage with pleasure or satisfaction. Psychosomatic medicine is singular because, unlike all other specialties, it does not revolve about a technological skill, such, for example, as radiology or surgery; or about a definitive system or organs, as is the case, say, with ophthalmology or gastroenterology; or about an age span, as do pediatrics and gerontology. It is not even a nosological References 1. If I mistake not, that is at the root of Hans Selye's researches today, and I know that Harold Wolff and his associates, as well as Grinker, French, Alexander, and their associates, have been and are working intensively in the exploration and on the illumination of just this problem. 2. Miles, Cobb, and Shands,5 p. 18. 3. Miles, Cobb, and Shands,5 p. 3. 4. Alexander,7 p. 43. 5. Alexander,7 p. 45. 6. Alexander,7 p. 46. 7. Alexander,7 p. 50. 8. References 8 and 9. 9. Jelliffe,9 p. 583. 10. Galdston, I.: The Roots of Psychosomatic Medicine , Canad. M. A. J. 70:127-132, 1954. 11. Margetts, E. L.: Historical Notes on Psychosomatic Medicine , in Recent Developments in Psychosomatic Medicine , edited by Eric D. Wittkower and R. A. Cleghorn, London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1954, pp. 41-68. 12. Galdston, I.: Biodynamic Medicine Versus Psychosomatic Medicine , Bull. Menninger Clin. 8:116-121, 1944. 13. Freud, S.: Gesammelte Schriften , Vienna and London, International Psycho-Analytic Press, 1925-1934, Vol. I, pp. 332-333. 14. Miles, H. H. W.; Cobb, S., and Shands, H. C., Editors: Case Histories in Psychosomatic Medicine , New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1952, p. 9. 15. Bunker, H. A.: American Psychiatry As a Specialty, in Hall, I. K.: Zilboorg, G., and Bunker, H. A., Editors: One Hundred Years of American Psychiatry, p. 500. 16. Alexander, F.: Psychosomatic Medicine: Its Principles and Applications , New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1953. 17. Jelliffe, S. E.: Psychotherapy in Modern Medicine , Long Island M. J. 24:152-161, 1930. 18. Jelliffe, S. E.: Psychopathology and Organic Disease , New York J. Med. 32:581-588, 1932. 19. Halliday, J. L.: Psychosocial Medicine: A Study of the Sick Society , New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1948. 20. Grinker, R.: Psychosomatic Research , New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1953. 21. Galdston, I.: Social Medicine: Its Derivations and Objectives , New York Academy of Medicine, Institute on Social Medicine, 1947. 22. Recent Developments in Psychosomatic Medicine , edited by Eric D. Wittkower and R. A. Cleghorn, London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1954. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry American Medical Association

PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE: Past, Present, and Future

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Abstract

Abstract PSYCHOSOMATIC medicine is well on the way to becoming a singular specialty. It now has its coterie of practitioners, its speciality publications, its journals, its monographs, and its historical treatises. True, it is still lacking an international society and a specialty board. But if things move as rapidly and in the same direction during the next 10 years as they have in the past 25, we may expect in the not-too-distant future, both a world-wide society and a specialty board. These are eventualities which I, for one, do not envisage with pleasure or satisfaction. Psychosomatic medicine is singular because, unlike all other specialties, it does not revolve about a technological skill, such, for example, as radiology or surgery; or about a definitive system or organs, as is the case, say, with ophthalmology or gastroenterology; or about an age span, as do pediatrics and gerontology. It is not even a nosological References 1. If I mistake not, that is at the root of Hans Selye's researches today, and I know that Harold Wolff and his associates, as well as Grinker, French, Alexander, and their associates, have been and are working intensively in the exploration and on the illumination of just this problem. 2. Miles, Cobb, and Shands,5 p. 18. 3. Miles, Cobb, and Shands,5 p. 3. 4. Alexander,7 p. 43. 5. Alexander,7 p. 45. 6. Alexander,7 p. 46. 7. Alexander,7 p. 50. 8. References 8 and 9. 9. Jelliffe,9 p. 583. 10. Galdston, I.: The Roots of Psychosomatic Medicine , Canad. M. A. J. 70:127-132, 1954. 11. Margetts, E. L.: Historical Notes on Psychosomatic Medicine , in Recent Developments in Psychosomatic Medicine , edited by Eric D. Wittkower and R. A. Cleghorn, London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1954, pp. 41-68. 12. Galdston, I.: Biodynamic Medicine Versus Psychosomatic Medicine , Bull. Menninger Clin. 8:116-121, 1944. 13. Freud, S.: Gesammelte Schriften , Vienna and London, International Psycho-Analytic Press, 1925-1934, Vol. I, pp. 332-333. 14. Miles, H. H. W.; Cobb, S., and Shands, H. C., Editors: Case Histories in Psychosomatic Medicine , New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1952, p. 9. 15. Bunker, H. A.: American Psychiatry As a Specialty, in Hall, I. K.: Zilboorg, G., and Bunker, H. A., Editors: One Hundred Years of American Psychiatry, p. 500. 16. Alexander, F.: Psychosomatic Medicine: Its Principles and Applications , New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1953. 17. Jelliffe, S. E.: Psychotherapy in Modern Medicine , Long Island M. J. 24:152-161, 1930. 18. Jelliffe, S. E.: Psychopathology and Organic Disease , New York J. Med. 32:581-588, 1932. 19. Halliday, J. L.: Psychosocial Medicine: A Study of the Sick Society , New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1948. 20. Grinker, R.: Psychosomatic Research , New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1953. 21. Galdston, I.: Social Medicine: Its Derivations and Objectives , New York Academy of Medicine, Institute on Social Medicine, 1947. 22. Recent Developments in Psychosomatic Medicine , edited by Eric D. Wittkower and R. A. Cleghorn, London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1954.

Journal

A.M.A. Archives of Neurology & PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1955

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