Psychosomatic Medicine

  • Barbara J. Dorian
  • C. Barr Taylor


There is no doubt that psychosocial and biological aspects of diseases are inseparable and interdependent. However, few researchers in psychosomatic medicine now believe, as did the early researchers in this field, that psychological factors are the primary cause of most of the diseases once classified as psychosomatic. Rather psychosocial, social, and biological phenomena interplay in complicated ways to determine the developing course and outcome of the disease. This being the case, the term psychosomatic disorders is falling out of favor and has been replaced, as we discuss later, with a new nomenclature.


Anorexia Nervosa Duodenal Ulcer Essential Hypertension Psychosomatic Medicine Maternal Separation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara J. Dorian
    • 1
  • C. Barr Taylor
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryToronto General HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryStanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA

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