Psychosomatic Families: A Model in Need of Testing

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 523–525. Reviews the book, Psychosomatic Families: Anorexia Nervosa in Context by Salvador Minuchin, Bernice L. Rosman, Lester Baker, and Ronald Liebman (see record 1979-24094-000). This is an important book. In the present work, the author and his coauthors probe the interface of physical illness and psychological processes, an area long studied and now experiencing a renewed emphasis. The primary clinical focus of this book is anorexia nervosa, an illness that not only exerts a special fascination but also makes great demands on therapists. The major conceptual position advanced by the authors is the use of a systems framework as opposed to an individual orientation in the development of their clinical model. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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