1. Psychosomatic disturbances are seen as constituting a special form of neuroses. Aside from psychodynamic processes which must remain the prerogative of psychotherapeutics, there are in the etiology and pathogenesis of psychosomatic disturbances (as of other forms of neurosis) cyclothymic as well as cerebro-organic psychopathological syndrome components. The endogenous-biological and exogenouscerebral factors entering into the situation are analyzed in the introduction and in the first chapter of the body of the text with the objective of supplying a theoretical justification of the pharmacopsychotherapeutic approach to the treatment of psychosomatic syndromes. 2. Psychosomatic disturbances are defined, in heuristic and preliminary terms, within the frame of a four-point scale. The points of the scale are 1. organic disturbance or lesion, 2. endogenousbiological or exogenous-cerebral syndrome components, 3. neurotic structural elements of personality, and 4. syndrome shift. The relationship between syndrome shift and pharmacopsychotherapy is twofold. On the one hand pharmacopsychotherapeutic factors can cause syndrome shift, and on the other hand special pharmacopsychotherapeutic indications emerge from certain forms of syndrome shift (for details, see Part B, Section II). 3. Gastroenteric syndromes are used for the purpose of a paradigmatic presentation of the specific characteristics of psychosomatic pharmacopsychotherapeutics. 4. On the basis of data derived from his personal experience, the author presents sketches of the pharmacopsychotherapeutic approach to the treatment of psychosomatic conditions with the subheadings of allergoses, obesity, hypertension, cardiophobia, migraine, other forms of pain, and hypochondria (see Part C, Section II). 5. In the concluding section of the second half of the monograph(dealing with applications) the author reviews synoptically his own chosen arsenal of pharmacopsychotherapeutic modalities of attack in the field of psychosomatics. With respect to all the drugs mentioned, emphasis is placed on the subjective viewpoint of the individual physician.

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