Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: Books are sorted alphabetically…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

The list of books available on PEP Web is sorted alphabetically, with the exception of Freud’s Collected Works, Glossaries, and Dictionaries. You can find this list in the Books Section.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Pollock, G.H. (1977). The Psychosomatic Specificity Concept: Its Evolution and Re-Evaluation. Ann. Psychoanal., 5:141-168.

(1977). Annual of Psychoanalysis, 5:141-168

The Psychosomatic Specificity Concept: Its Evolution and Re-Evaluation

George H. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.

I

Although the field of psychosomatic medicine is ancient, and references in the Old Testament and Hippocrates could be easily found, the more or less systematic study of psychosomatic phenomena is but forty to fifty years old. I have personally been involved with some of these studies in Chicago for almost thirty years, and it was my good fortune to work closely with Alexander, French, and Benedek—pioneers in psychosomatic medicine.

Coming to psychoanalysis and psychiatry from neurophysiology, I brought with me some of the experiential effects of my work with Warren McCulloch and the other fertile investigators who worked in his laboratories. It was my interest then, and is my continuing interest now, in the mind-body problem that directed me to psychosomatic medicine. But as we know, there is no science of psychosomatic medicine; there is no specialty board for psychosomatic medicine; there is no degree offered in psychosomatic medicine; and there are no residencies in, or departments of, psychosomatic medicine. Peter Knapp called psychosomatic medicine “an interdisciplinary amalgam of many specialties” (1971p. 364).

As

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.