Author: George C. Curtis
In approaching the treatment of psychosomatic disorders it is first necessary to consider what a psychosomatic disorder is. This is by no means simple. The expression “psychosomatic” does not refer to a discipline, a field
of study nor a medical sub specialty, but to a point of view—a way of thinking about any process which involves the total human organism. This way of thinking is synthetic and tries to apply all available information and methods
which might be useful, whether from psychodynamics, sociology, anthropology, pathology, pharmacology, genetics, physiology, immunology, medicine, surgery or related fields. In practice however, the elements for synthesis vary not only with the problem under consideration but also with the capacities and experience of the synthesizer.