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Psychosomatic Syndromes and Somatic Symptoms

Robert Kellner, M.D., Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-110-6
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In the first section of this encyclopedic volume, Dr. Robert Kellner surveys the biological, psychological, and psychiatric studies on nine psychosomatic syndromes, draws conclusions about the complex etiology of these syndromes, offers guidelines for diagnosis, and recommends treatments based on research findings. The second section is an overview of the various processes that lead to bodily complaints, including somatization. The author discusses how psychosomatic syndromes described in the first section contribute to the symptoms of somatoform disorders and how knowledge gained from research on treatment of psychosomatic syndromes can be applied to the treatment of somatoform disorders.


  • Psychosomatic Syndromes.

    Fibromyalgia, fibrositis, and myofascial pain syndrome. Chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. Globus and fear of choking. Dysphagia and esophageal motility disorders. Non-ulcer dyspepsia. Irritable bowel syndrome. Urethral syndrome. Behavior-induced physiological changes: hyperventilation and aerophagia. Chronic pain syndromes.

    Mechanisms of Bodily Complaints.

    Somatization. Hysteria. Deception. Mechanisms of bodily complaints: main conclusions.

The book is superb! Psychosomatic Syndromes and Somatic Symptoms is an intellectual tour de force as Dr. Kellner comprehensively reviews the presentation, psychopathology, and treatment approaches to vexing psychosomatic problems. . . . His clear style and practical approach make this volume essential reading for physicians of all specialties.—Thomas N. Wise M.D., Editor-in-Chief, Psychosomatics

This is a comprehensive, scholarly work that contains succinct, incisive discussions of illnesses that patients bring to practitioners. The author makes excellent use of selected case histories to illustrate significant points. The bibliography is downright impressive. Psychosomatic Syndromes and Somatic Symptoms fills a needed gap in the scientific literature and is timely. It is highly recommended.—John J. Schwab, M.D., University of Louisville School of Medicine

This book is an excellent and up to date review of a complex field, written by a researcher and clinician with extensive experience in the field. I recommend it unreservedly.—Journal of Psychosomatic Research

I certainly recommend this book as an excellent and very complete review of the literature on nine important psychosomatic syndromes.—Hospital and Community Psychiatry

Oxymoron or not, this book is best described as a brief encyclopedia. Dr. Kellner succeeds in efficiently summarizing research and clinical experience with a challenging group of patients—those who seek care for physical symptoms that have no known biomedical cause or treatment. It is a useful reference for primary care physicians, medical specialists, and psychiatrists working in medical settings.—Annals of Internal Medicine, George Simon, M.D., M.P.H.

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