Physical pain may, in many cases be considered as a psychic symptom, in the same way as anguish depression and obsession. This is the main thesis of this work which demonstrates, with the help of many clinical case studies, that chronic pain (which cannot be revealed by testing) always has its origin in a childhood which is seriously lacking in affection. The book presents a fascinating theoretical description of pain and a detailed account of the treatment by analytical psychotherapy, of patients suffering from chronic pain.
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Gabriel Burloux is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist at the Neurological Hospital, Lyon Translated by Margaret Woods