Author: F. Patrick McKegney
In this volume of the Handbook, the content of the field of “psychosomatic medicine” is impressively portrayed. It should be apparent that the brain and all other biological components of the human organism influence, and can be influenced by the psychological phenomena encompassed by the terms “mind,” “personality,” “interpersonal relationships,” etc. It should also be apparent that the psychosomatic field can be discussed in terms of specific clinical disorders, normal basic mechanisms of psychosocial-physiological interactions, or specific known precipitating or causal factors. Amidst all of these approaches, one may lose sight of the fact that psychosomatic medicine also implies a broad statement of a philosophical position which directly relates to the practice of medicine.