Psychosomatic Disorders: Theoretical and Clinical Aspects Ghazi Asaad. New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc., 1996; paperback, 160 pages, $21.95.
This book is volume 7 in the Basic Principles Into Practice Series. The presentation is concise, yet comprehensive, and easily approached for quick reference of definition, clinical features, etiology, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, treatment approaches, and course and prognosis.
The text is divided into three parts, investigating somatoform disorders, factitious disorders and malingering, and medical conditions affected by psychological factors.
Topics considered under medical conditions affected by psychological factors include gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and dermatologica! disorders. The role of psychological factors in immune disorders and cancer, headaches and migraine, obesity, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome also are included.
Despite brevity in presentation, the practitioner can comprehend areas he or she should investigate more fully when alerted by the content presented. The reference list further complements the usefulness of the presentation.
Exactly as the Series is intended, the book is a useful reference for graduate students, beginning psychotherapists, or established practitioners.