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Benjamin, J. (2011). La Société de Psychosomatique Intégrative (SPI), La Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris. Neuropsychoanalysis, 13(1):117-117.
  

(2011). Neuropsychoanalysis, 13(1):117-117

La Société de Psychosomatique Intégrative (SPI), La Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris

Jean Benjamin

The new approach of our association is centered on the study of interrelationships between psychoanalysis, medicine, and neuroscience. Created in February 2008, the association holds two meetings a year: one “Study Day” and one Symposium where psychoanalysts, neuroscientists, and professors of medical studies participate in scientific exchanges. The SPI members are medical doctors, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and neuroscientists. Neuroscience courses are offered by the INSERM laboratory of la Pitié (which includes Lionel Naccache amongst its researchers).

The school of “integrative psychosomatics” considers the human being as a single and global entity called the “psychosomatic unit”; there is not the usual split between body and mind, which has been a dominant influence in Western thought from Anaxagore in the 4th century AD to the present, and has also influenced the different scientific approaches of psychosomatics. The approach is radically different, relying on a new meta-model developed by J. B. Stora in numerous articles published in France. In relation to the neurosciences, we always refer to psycho-neuroendocrinology, psycho-neuroimmunology and neuropsychoanalysis interrelations.

On May 2010, the “Study Day” of the association was centered on the clinical practice of psychosomatics. Papers given included “The Experience and Questions Raised by a Psychoanalyst,” by Marc Dutkiewitcz, vice-chairman of SPI, and “Clinical Experience of a Medical Doctor,” by Dr.

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