Author: Morton F. Reiser
Ever since man first experienced a sense of self-awareness, he has been intrigued with the challenge of understanding the relationship of mind to body, and has worked diligently toward developing empirically based
conceptual solutions to the mystifying problems it presents. To this day, the problem eludes solution. The early history of these efforts has been reviewed and this account will pick up the thread of the story toward the end of World War II when experiences in military psychiatry were generating considerable serious interest in dynamic psychiatry and in exploring the interrelationships between mind and body in the etiology and pathogenesis of physical as well as mental disorders. This chapter takes an historical perspective and is presented in three parts.