From the mind into the body: the cultural origins of psychosomatic symptoms

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Free Press, 1994 - Health & Fitness - 268 pages
Psychosomatic illness has no apparent physiological cause. By definition, it originates in the mind. But now, in this fascinating work, the foremost authority on the history of psychosomatic illness shows that the forms it takes are in fact a product of something much larger. Symptoms are produced not just by an individual's psychology, but also by one's genetic history and even by the time and culture in which we live.

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FROM THE MIND INTO THE BODY: The Cultural Origins of Psychosomatic Symptoms

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Lively, anecdote-filled account of how culture interacts with biology to produce different sets of psychosomatic symptoms in different groups of people. In this companion volume to From Paralysis to ... Read full review

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Shorter (history, Univ. of Toronto) postulates that oftentimes psychosomatic illnesses originate not only from the mind but also from an interplay of genetic and cultural factors. As evidence, he ... Read full review


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Edward Shorter is a psychologist and historian who has written three books on the history of psychiatry and psychosomatic illness.

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