About the book
Psychosomatic medicine is an old scientific field. The nucleus of this concept is that the mind and body are integral aspects of all human functions. There are not mind and body as two parts of a persons but only human beings as a whole. The result of an illness as a consequence of maintained stress was the starting point of many scientific studies from the beginning of the last century. Initially the idea was that the specific factors led to specific psychosomatic diseases. Now we know that all human pathological processes must be considered by means of a cluster of psychological and biological (or somatic) components that react in adaptation to environmental events (many times those are vital events), physical, psychological and social. Psychosomatic medicine aims to clarify what psychological factors influence somatic functions and how, as well as the opposite. Psychosomatic medicine is not a medical specialty, it must be seen as a way to practice medicine, a style to be a doctor, a form to see a sick person above and beyond an illness. This book aims to provide some recent data on several medical problems which are very relevant nowadays, as well as to consider new approaches in psychotherapy.