Dealing with dualism

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Comments on the article by I. R. McWhinney et al (see record 2001-05525-001)that suggests that one source of the difficulty for physicians dealing with patients with somatoform disorders is the unsatisfactory status of the concept of somatization, and of the assumptions on which it is based. The authors take a position on the concept of somatization that the concept, and the language in which it is expressed, should be abandoned. They discuss several problems with the current classification system of unexplained symptoms. McWhinney et al also discuss at length the mind-body connection, and caution against the dualistic distinction between mental and physical illness. The authors note a couple suggestions of McWhinney et al that they disagree with. First, McWhinney et al state that we should become "less concerned with cause and more with care." The authors note that it may prove less than easy to convince some patients that they should not overly concern themselves with identifying the cause of their illness. The authors also disagree with McWhinney et al on the idea that mental health specialists should not be involved in helping patients suffering from medically unexplained symptoms. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2003 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256
Number of pages1
JournalAdvances in Mind-Body Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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