Psychosomatic medicine: The scientific foundation of the biopsychosocial model

Dennis H. Novack, Oliver Cameron, Elissa Epel, Robert Ader, Shari R. Waldstein, Susan Levenstein, Michael H. Antoni, Alicia Rojas Wainer

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Objective: This article presents major concepts and research findings from the field of psychosomatic medicine that the authors believe should be taught to all medical students. Method: The authors asked senior scholars involved in psychosomatic medicine to summarize key findings in their respective fields. Results: The authors provide an overview of the field and summarize core research in basic psychophysiological mechanisms-central nervous system/autonomic nervous system, psychoneuroimmunology, and psychoendocrinology- in three major disease states-cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and HIV virus infections. Conclusions: Understanding the core scientific concepts and research findings of psychosomatic medicine should provide medical trainees with a scientific foundation for practicing medicine within a biopsychosocial model of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-401
Number of pages14
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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