Psychosomatics and Eating Disorders

The Psychoanalytic Approach

The Newsletter of the Psychosomatic Discussion Group

of the American Psychoanalytic Association.


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Favorite Papers on Psychosomatics


Choices of Pietro Castelnuovo-Tedesco, M.D. (Nashville, Tennessee)

1.Ferenczi, S. (1919) The phenomenon of hysterical materialization. Thoughts on the conception of hysterical conversion and symbolism. in Further Contributions to the Theory and Technique of Psycho-Analysis. Basic Books. pp. 89-104.

2.Groddeck, G. (1929) The Unknown Self. A New Psychological Approach to the Problems of Life, with Special Reference to Disease. C.W. Daniel Co. 1937.

3.Wulff, M. (1932) Uber einen interessanten oralen Symptomen-Komplex und seine Beziehung zur Sucht. Internationale Zeitschrift fur Psychoanalyse 18(3): 281-302.(This is the first psychoanalytic paper on bulimia.)


Choices of Wayne A. Myers, M.D. (New York, New York)

1. Wilson, C.P. (1990) On beginning with patients with eating disorders. in On Beginning an Analysis eds. Jacobs, T., Rothstein, A. Int Univ Press.

2. Hogan, C. (1985) Psychodynamics. in Fear of Being Fat:The Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. eds Wilson,C., Hogan,C.,Mintz, I. Jason Aronson

3.Glucksman, M.(1989) Obesity: A Psychoanalytic Challenge. J of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 17:151-171


Choices of Alan Sugarman, Ph.D.(La Jolla, California)

1. Ritvo, S. (1984) The Image and Uses of the Body in Psychic Conflict: With Special Reference to Eating Disorders in Adolescence. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 39:449-469

2. Schwartz, H. (1990) Bulimia: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. in Bulimia: Psychoanalytic Treatment and Theory, ed. Schwartz, H. Int. Univ. Press

3. Sugarman, A. (1991) Bulimia: A Displacement from Psychological Self to Body Self. in Psychodynamic Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, ed. Johnson, C. Guilford Press

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