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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 855–856. Reviews the book, Psychosomatic Medicine: Current Trends and Clinical Applications edited by Z. J. Lipowski, Don R. Lipsitt, and Peter C. Whybrow (1977). In his introduction, Lipowski writes “Psychosomatic medicine may be defined as: 1) The scientific study of the relation among psychological, social, and biological factors in determining health and disease; 2) a holistic approach to the practice of medicine; and 3) consultation-liaison psychiatry.” This book includes sections on the relationship between environment and the mind, the mind and the brain, the brain and the rest of the body. It concludes with sections on the psychosomatic approach to the practice of medicine and the teaching of psychosomatic medicine. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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