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The authors, primarily psychologists, have written a book that concentrates on the psychophysiology of various illnesses. Unfortunately, the somatic aspects of illness are treated very superficially, and psychodynamic treatment is minimal, with few references or descriptions of recent work. For example, the classification of dysmenorrhea as a psychosomatic disorder ignores a commoner cause (endometriosis) and some of the newer treatments are not mentioned. There is no evidence supporting the assumption that women who have a premenstrual tension syndrome will have an increased probability of suicide or death from disease 6 to 13 days before menstruation.
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Psychosomatic Disorders. A Psychophysiological Approach to Etiology and Treatment.. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:162. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-97-1-162_1
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