EDWARD A. STRECKER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The accomplishments of psychosomatic medicine are noteworthy; its objective is magnificent, but the name is unfortunate. Its comparatively recent usage makes it sound like the announcement of a marriage between body and mind, with the subdivisions and specialties of medicine and psychiatry in the bridal party. If the union of body and mind has just been consummated, then psychiatry for some time has sanctioned an illicit relationship. Long before the word psychosomatic was compounded, psychiatry had insistently taught that man was a total and indivisible unit and, therefore, in health and disease, every somatic process at once reverberated in all
STRECKER EA. THE LEAVEN OF PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE1. Ann Intern Med. ;18:736–740. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-18-5-736
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;18(5):736-740.
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