Psychophysiological Models of Psychosomatic Illness

  • A. D. Rabavilas
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Psychophysiology has been defined as the science which concerns those physiological activities which underlie or relate to psychic functions1. In a sense, this definition incorporates the basic features of numerous non-systematic observations made for centuries by people of diverse professional origin, such as philosophers and practicing physicians, poets and physiologists. Despite having this long past, psychophysiology is formaly new as a separate discipline, its official birth dating back in the 1960’s when the first psychophysiological scientific society was founded and the journal “Psychophysiology” appeared.


Ulcerative Colitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Psychosomatic Medicine Arousal Level Psychosomatic Disorder 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. D. Rabavilas
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Eginition HospitalAthens University Medical SchoolAthensGreece

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