The avowed purpose of this volume is that of furnishing a discriminative review of the vast literature pertinent to the subject which has accumulated in nearly a quarter of a century. The ample cross-section of this literature which is offered is indicated by a bibliography of more than twenty-two hundred titles. Nor is this important feature of the book distinguished only by its length. It represents a prudent culling from a much larger body of writings, and one gains the conviction that the examples selected include both the most important and the most characteristic contributions to this field. So the bibliography alone forms an extremely useful working instrument for any one interested in this particularly active aspect of contemporary medicine.
The work is arranged into a general section devoted largely to contributions from biologists, anatomists, physiologists, psychologists, psychoanalysts and clinicians on the development of the concept of the total organism