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In recent years, interest in psychosomatic medicine has declined, even though large numbers of patients with psychophysiologic symptoms and disorders frequent physicians' offices and consume a disproportionate amount of available medical care. But recent advances in neuropsychoendocrinology, increasing knowledge about biological rhythms, and greater understanding of "the brain and behavior" with their psychophysiologic and clinical implications are beginning to breathe life into the field. The limited therapeutic successes achieved by vigorous comprehensive approaches to problem patients, such as those with chronic pain syndromes and mixed depressive-hypochondriacal states, are engendering new interest in and even some degree of optimism about psychosomatic
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Psychosomatic Medicine. Current Trends and Clinical Applications.. Ann Intern Med. 1977;87:640–641. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-5-640_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(5):640-641.
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