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Somatic symptoms may be classified as either 'medically explained' or 'medically unexplained' - the former being considered medical and the latter psychiatric. In healthcare systems focused on disease, this distinction has pragmatic value. However, new scientific evidence and psychiatric classification urge a more integrated approach with important implications for psychiatry.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bjp.bp.112.122523

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date

11/2013

Volume

203

Pages

320 - 321

Keywords

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Humans, Somatoform Disorders