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Taylor, G.J. (2014). Pathologies of the Mind/Body Interface: Exploring the Curious Domain of the Psychosomatic Disorders, by Richard L. Kradin, Routledge, New York, 2013, 168 pp., $34.95.. Psychodyn. Psych., 42(2):332-337.

(2014). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 42(2):332-337

Pathologies of the Mind/Body Interface: Exploring the Curious Domain of the Psychosomatic Disorders, by Richard L. Kradin, Routledge, New York, 2013, 168 pp., $34.95.

Review by:
Graeme J. Taylor, M.D.

Many readers will likely question the author's choice of title for this book as the concept of a mind/body interface and the term “psychosomatic” suggest a reversion to the dualism inherent in Freud's notion of the mysterious leap from mind to body. The idea of mind and body as separate entities that interact or communicate across a common boundary contrasts with the more widely held conceptualization of mind and body as two distinct but integrated aspects of the human organism, a psychobiologic unit interacting with the environment.

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