Somatoform Disorders

A Worldwide Perspective

  • Yutaka Ono
  • Aleksandar Janca
  • Masahiro Asai
  • Norman Sartorius
Conference proceedings

DOI: 10.1007/978-4-431-68500-5

Part of the Keio University Symposia for Life Science and Medicine book series (KEIO, volume 3)

Table of contents (35 papers)

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Understanding the Concept of Somatoform Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. The Differential Diagnosis of Somatoform Disorders
      Allen Frances, Brandon Vance
      Pages 19-25
    3. European Concepts
      Richard Mayou
      Pages 26-37
    4. Somatoform Disorders—An Arab Perspective
      A. Okasha, T. Okasha
      Pages 38-46
    5. Somatization in the Elderly
      Scott Henderson
      Pages 57-64
    6. Somatic Symptoms in Children from Three Ethnic Groups
      Glorisa Canino, Rafael Ramírez, María A. de los Balzac, Aislinn Frye, Brenda Matos
      Pages 65-72
    7. Hypochondriasis
      Arthur J. Barsky
      Pages 73-79
    8. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      Simon Wessely
      Pages 80-110
    9. Biological Markers of Fibromyalgia
      Michael Maes
      Pages 111-121
  3. Studies on Somatoform Disorders in Different Cultures

About these proceedings


Medically unexplained somatic symptoms are problematic in psychiatry, primary care settings, and other clinical areas. The burden they impose on health-care systems constitutes a significant public health problem. At the international symposium "Rethinking Somatoform Disorders," this problem was addressed by specialists working in somatoform disorders, psychiatric nosology, epidemiology, and biological and cross-cultural psychiatry. The meeting was the third of the Keio University International Symposia for Life Sciences and Medicine, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the World Psychiatric Association.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Yutaka Ono
    • 1
  • Aleksandar Janca
    • 2
  • Masahiro Asai
    • 1
  • Norman Sartorius
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeuropsychiatryKeio University School of MedicineShinjuku-ku, TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural ScienceMedical Research Foundation Building, Royal Perth HospitalPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-68502-9
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-68500-5