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The history of psychosomatic medicine

  • Erwin H. Ackerknecht

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Psychosomatic medicine begins with the Greeks. It finds a place in Galen's system as diseases of passion, a concept current until the middle of the nineteenth century. The great French and German clinicians of the nineteenth century were all familiar with psychosomatic diseases. During the twentieth century the field was for a while monopolized by psychoanalysts. The psychosomatic specialist is essentially the doctor who listens to the patient.

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1Address for correspondence: Prof. Dr. E. H. Ackerknecht, CH 8006 Zürich, Ottikerstrasse 42, Switzerland.

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The history of psychosomatic medicine

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