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TitlePsychosomatic Medicine [electronic resource] : Past and Future / edited by George N. Christodoulou
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1987
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Descript XV, 380 p. 16 illus. online resource


This book contains selected contributions to the 16th European Conference on Psychosomatic Research, held in Athens from September 6 to 11, 1986. The ̃t of psychosomatic medicine was one of the two basic topics of the meeting. We thought that, since this topic has a touch of history in it, it would be appropriate for a conference held in Greece. It is really amazing how advanced the psychosomatic conceptions of the ancient Greek philosophers and physicians were. It was the basic psychosomatic ideology that Socrates was expressing when he taught: "S"lOTT!::P O


Holistic Concepts of Illness in Ancient Greece and in Contemporary Medicine -- The Semantics of Whole-Person Care -- Doctor-Patient Relationship -- โ{128}{156}Emotionsโ{128}{157} and Difficulties in Teaching and Communication -- The Mind-Body Problem -- The Mind-Body Problem in Philosophy -- Mind-Matter Relations. Do They Matter in Psychosomatics? -- Historical Aspects -- Psychosomatic Concepts in Writings of Ancient Greek Philosophers (VI th to III rd Cent. B. C.) -- Historical Insights of Psychosomatic Medicine in Heidelberg -- Viktor von Weizsรคcker (1886โ{128}{147}1957) and German Psychosomatic Medicine -- Psychosomatics and Medical History -- Psychosomatic Medicine and Medical History: Frederic Chopin โ{128}{148} A Psychosomatic Case? -- Papers on General Topics -- Personality Characteristics in Psychosomatic Illness -- Family Interaction and Somatic Illness: Implications from the Finnish Adoptive Family Study -- Life Events as Triggering and Formative Agents in Physical Disease -- Occupational Correlates of the Type A Behaviour pattern -- Psychophysiological Models of Psychosomatic Illness -- Psychosomatic Approach and Health Services -- Psychosomatic Approach of Norwegian Health Services -- The Psychosomatic Approach and the Health Services in West Germany -- The Psychosomatic Approach in France -- Influence of the Psychosomatic Approach in the Planning and Work of the Health Services in the United Kingdom -- Psychosomatic Approach and the Greek Health Services -- Psychosomatic Approach and Health Services in the USA: A View from 1986 -- General Hospital Psychiatry -- General Hospital Psychiatry: Referral Source and the Outcome of Treatment -- Differential-Diagnostical and Management Difficulties in 3.354 Psychosomatic/Psychiatric Patients Referred to a Psychosomatic Department in a General Hospital Setting -- Patient Information and Treatment Outcome -- Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry -- Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Past and Present -- The Role of the Obstetric Liaison Psychiatrist -- The Effectiveness of a Ward-Based Nurse Counselling Service for Mastectomy Patients -- The Future of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry -- Epidemiology -- Prevalence of Psychosomatic Illness in Greece: Two Nation-Wide Cross-Sectional Studies in 1978โ{128}{147}79 and 1984 -- Epidemiological Study of the Relationship between Psychological Problems and Somatic Factors in the Pre-School Children -- Stress -- Stress and Cardiac Mortality: Evidence from Earthquakes in Greece -- Gonadal Hormones and Heart Rate as an Acute Emotional Stress Response -- Autonomic Reactivity and Stress in Adolescent Athletes -- Psychosocial Stress and Psychosomatic Reactions -- Psychoendocrinology -- Psychoneuroendocrine Testing: Strategy and Attitude -- Psychoendocrinology of Hyperprolactinemia -- Typical Competitive Mental Attitude in Microprolactinomas: Comparison with the Functional Hyperprolactinaemia -- Pain -- Gender-Related Psychoendocrine Coping Mechanisms of Back Pain Patients -- Chronic Low Back Pain: A Psychiatric Assessment of 72 Patients -- Psychosomatic Issues in Chronic Pain Syndromes -- Extent of Coronary Disease in Patients with Atypical Chest Pain; Are Psychological Variables Helpful? -- Alexithymia -- Clinical and Personality Contributors to Alexithymia in Neurotic Patients -- Somatization -- Somatization as a Transcultural Problem -- Muscular Pattern -- Psychiatric Disorders and Differences in Muscular Pattern -- Anorexia โ{128}{148} Bulimia -- Longitudinal Studies of Sleep and Hormonal Secretion in Male Anorectic Patients: Preliminary Observations -- The Bulimic Obese: Treatment Response and Long Term Outcome -- Hypertension -- An Investigation into the Effects of Respiratory Feedback (RFB) on Blood Pressure and General Status in Essential Hypertension -- The Concept that Psychological Factors are Important in the Pathogenesis of Arterial Hypertension May Affect Adversely Patient Compliance -- Diabetes -- Psychological Factors in Diabetes Mellitus -- Effect of Relaxation Therapy on the Control of Diabetes Mellitus -- Vertigo -- A Longitudinal Psychosomatic Study of Patients with Vertigo -- Asthma -- Psychosocial Factors in Bronchial Asthma and Allergy in Childhood: A Prospective Study -- Gastrointestinal Disorders -- Is the Irritable Bowel Syndrome really โ{128}{156}Psychosomaticโ{128}{157}? -- Cancer -- Psychosomatic Tradition in Cancer from Antiquity till the End of the 19th Century -- Cancer Prevention: A Multi-Dimensional Model -- Brain C.A.T. Scans -- The Relevance of Tissue Characterization in Brain C.A.T. Scans to Psychosomatic Diagnosis -- Psychosomatic Research -- Current Psychosomatic Research -- Psychosomatic Education -- Cognitive Aspects of Psychosomatic Education -- Contributors -- Author Index

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