Psychoanalysis and Diseases of the Body
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What was called the "totality concept in medicine" by Dr. Karl Menninger, the "organismal concept" by Dr. Flanders Dunbar, the "holistic concept" by Drs. Stanley Cobb and Angya, is today emerging as a basic orientation in several departments of medicine. Dr. Adolf Meyer, the "father of modern psychiatry," had in fact already in 1915 defined "psychobiology" as "activity and behavior of the total organism." And Dr. William Alanson White, pioneer in the applications of analysis to therapy of the psychoses, had enunciated the principle with equal clarity in 1927 and in earlier reviews, while his associate, Dr. Nolan D. C. Lewis, worked at its application to the psycho-physical problems of hospital patients with psychoses. It is the fundamental premise of research and practice in today's "psychosomatic medicine." It is the idea that the total life experience of a person, especially his conflicts, frustrations, and other emotional difficulties, are causally important in producing some abnormalities of tissue structure and function. It is therefore a concept of the relation of the total organism to its parts. It serves as a junction-point for some important aspects of modern medical, physiologic, and psychiatric thinking and study.