Closely geared to general practice yet without neglecting basic theory, this book has retained so much appeal among readers .as to warrant a third edition. We assume that the work has retained its place among the leading publications on psychosomatics because it embodies our strong interest in the 'here and now' of medical practice. The timing of this thoroughly revised and enlarged edition appears opportune as psychosomatic basic care and the medicine of dialogue acquire more meaning in daily routine practice, and as the need for basic information increases. We conceive psychosomatics to be an integral part of medicine. When we speak of 'psychosomatic disorders' in this book, our premise is that somatic and psychosocial aspects play an important role in their pathogenesis and course. This notion constitutes the very basis of what is understood as psychosomatic medical treatment. Such a point of departure calls for a consistent spirit of cooperation with regard to the problems involved. This alone satisfies the initial requirement of simultaneously considering both the somatic and psychosocial aspects of health and illness.Vom Verlag:
The practice-oriented approach of this book brought its previous editions wide acclaim among its readers. It has now been thoroughly revised and expanded in this, the third edition. The authors present the basic knowledge of psychosomatics that both specialists and the nonspecialist reader require, and then show how this knowledge is applied in practice by putting the theoretical concepts underlying psychosomatics into a practical context with descriptions of psychosomatic illnesses. The basis ofunderstanding symptoms remains psychoanalytical theory, but this basis is expanded and improved using modern concepts. The various therapeutic approaches to the patient, ranging from discussions between patient and physician to Balint group work and family therapy, are all discussed. This new edition is suitable for use as a basic introducing and giving practical guidance on basic psychosomatic care of patients both in the practice and in the clinic.
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