This book represents a series of lectures on the various aspects of psychosomatic phases of the general practice of medicine given as postgraduate courses to physicians attending the University of Minnesota. A glance at the table of contents will convince the average physician of the practicability of the course. There are chapters on general orientation, the patient-physician relationship, normal personality development, psychotherapy, the meaning of a psychoneurosis, diagnosis of psychoneurosis, anxiety, general principles of psychotherapy, special therapies, common psychopathology, care of veterans, life situation, emotions and disease.
The subject matter is well arranged; the discussions are informal. However, they present a vast amount of information in which the theoretic considerations are combined with the practical.
The pediatrician will be particularly interested in the chapter on normal personality development. It is well written and expresses a common sense point of view.
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