Alexa Geisthövel, Bettina Hitzer (Hg.), Auf der Suche nach einer anderen Medizin. Psychosomatik im 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2019.

(Looking for a Different Medicine. Psychosomatic Medicine in the 20th Century)

What makes mind and body strong? Headlines like this are everywhere. Backache, breathlessness, skin rashes – we ascribe many physical complaints to emotional upheaval, too little mindfulness or long-term stress. But where do these concepts of psychosomatic medicine come from?

This book provides the first overview of the history of psychosomatic medicine in Germany. Incisive chapters offer a panorama of the varieties of psychosomatics in the 20th century, while also portraying it as a form of medicine which saw itself as the more humane alternative to modern hi-tech, and therefore supposedly soulless,  medicine.

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