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Murphy, W.F. (1954). It's not all in Your Mind: By H. J. Berglund, M.D. and H. L. Nichols, Jr. Greenwich, Connecticut: North Castle Books, 1953. 343 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 23:459-460.
    

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:459-460

It's not all in Your Mind: By H. J. Berglund, M.D. and H. L. Nichols, Jr. Greenwich, Connecticut: North Castle Books, 1953. 343 pp.

Review by:
William F. Murphy

This is a book written for a public indelicately known as 'the drugstore trade'. The authors are a wife, who furnishes the content, and a husband, who supplies the style. Dr. Berglund, now an allergist, began her medical career as nurse for a 'glandular specialist and family psychiatrist'. Her husband, an excavating contractor specializing in swamp reclamation, according to the publishers did most of the writing.

Their purpose is 'to assemble in one place a simple explanation of the mechanisms of mind and body which are involved in personality and its effect on disease, the nature of psychoanalysis and psychosomatic theory and practice, and the undeniable physical basis of allergy, glandular difficulties and back pain'. An extensive discussion of allergy is intended 'to lift the stigma of neurosis from these disorders'. The authors did in fact start with the excellent intention of indicating that certain psychiatrists and pseudopsychiatrists have oversold the idea of psychotherapy for various psychosomatic illnesses. Dr.

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