Historical Overview

  • Benjamin B. Wolman


The idea that mental states can affect the functions of the human body is not new. Centuries ago, several thinkers pointed to the impact of the mind on the body.


Sensory Nerve Psychosomatic Medicine Historical Overview Psychosomatic Disorder Psychological Conflict 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Alexander, F. Psychosomatic medicine. New York: Norton, 1950.Google Scholar
  2. Alexander, F., & Flagg, W. N. The psychosomatic approach. In B. B. Wolman (Ed.), Handbook of clinical psychology (pp. 855–947). New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965.Google Scholar
  3. Alexander, F., French, T. M., & Pollack, G. H. Psychosomatic specificity: Experimental study and results. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1968.Google Scholar
  4. Bell, C. The nervous system of the human body. Edinburgh, 1830.Google Scholar
  5. Broca, P. P. Nouvelle observation d’aphemie produite par une lesion de la moite posterieure des deuxième et troisième circonvolution frontale. Bulletin de la Societé Anatomique de Paris, 1861, 36, 398–407.Google Scholar
  6. Descartes, R. Discours on method. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1956.Google Scholar
  7. Dunbar, F. Emotions and bodily change: A survey of literature of psychosomatic relationships: 1910–1933. New York: Columbia University Press, 1935.Google Scholar
  8. Dunbar, F. Psychosomatic diagnosis. New York: Hoeber, 1943.Google Scholar
  9. Engel, G. L. A life setting conducive to illness: The giving up, given up complex. Annals of Internal Medicine, 1968, 69, 293–300.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Fechner, G. T. Elemente der psychophysik. Leipzig, 1860.Google Scholar
  11. Flourens, M. J. P. Recherches expérimentales sur les propriétés et les functions du système nerveux dans les animaux vertébrés. Paris: Crevot, 1824.Google Scholar
  12. Gall, F. J. Critical review of some anatomico-physiological works, with an explanation of a new philosophy of moral qualities and intellectual faculties. Boston: Marsh Copen & Lyon, 1835.Google Scholar
  13. Greene, W. A., Jr. Psychological factors and reticuloendothelial disease: 1. Preliminary observations on a group of males with lymphomas and leukemias. Psychosomatic Medicine, 1954, 16, 220–230.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Heilman, K. M. & Valenstein E. (Eds.). Clinical neuropsychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.Google Scholar
  15. Helmholtz, H. von Handbuch der physiologischen optik. Leipzig: 1856–1866.Google Scholar
  16. Hynd, G. W., & Willis, W. G. Neurological foundations of intelligence. In B. B. Wolman (Ed.), Handbook of intelligence. New York: Wiley, 1985.Google Scholar
  17. Jackson, J. H. On the nature of the duality of the brain. Medical Press Circulator, 1874, 1, 41–46.Google Scholar
  18. James, W. Principles of psychology. New York: Holt, 1890.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Lipowski, Z. J. Psychosomatic medicine and liason psychiatry. New York: Plenum Press, 1985.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Luria, A. R. Higher cortical functions in man. New York: Basic Books, 1980.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Miller, N. E. Behavioral medicine: Symbiosis between laboratory and clinic. Annual Review of Psychology, 1983, 34, 1–32.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Müller, J. Handbook of physiology. Breslau, 1838–1842.Google Scholar
  23. Plato, Charmides: The best known works of Plato. Garden City, NY: Ribbon Books, 1942.Google Scholar
  24. Plato, Republic. Indianapolis: Hacket, 1974.Google Scholar
  25. Rieber, R. W. (Ed.). Body and mind: Past, present and future. New York: Academic Press, 1980.Google Scholar
  26. Rush, B. Seven introductory lectures. Philadelphia: Bradford & Innkeep, 1811.Google Scholar
  27. Schmale, A. H., Jr. Relation of separation and depression to disease: 1. A report on hospitalized medical population. Psychosomatic Medicine, 1958, 20, 259–277.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Schwartz, O. (Ed.). Psychogenese und Psychotherapie körperlicher Symptome. Vienna: Springer, 1925.Google Scholar
  29. Weber, E. H. De tactu: Annotattiones anatomicae et physiologicae. Breslau: 1834.Google Scholar
  30. Weiner, H. Psychobiological factors in bodily disease. In T. Millon, C. Green, & R. Meagher (Eds.), Handbook of clinical health psychology (pp. 31–52). New York: Plenum Press, 1982.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Wernicke, K. Lehrbuch der Gehirnkrankheiten. Breslau, 1874.Google Scholar
  32. Wilson, M. D. Descartes. London: Routledge & Keegan Paul, 1978.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin B. Wolman

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations