Somatoform Disorders: A Medicolegal Guide

Somatoform Disorders: A Medicolegal Guide

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Michael Trimble
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 2/26/2004
EAN 9780521811088, ISBN10: 0521811082

Hardcover, 268 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 1.5 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

People with somatoform disorder (which used to be known as hysteria) present with a range of symptoms that typically last for years and can't be traced to a specific physical cause. Such symptoms may include frequent headaches; back pain; abdominal cramping and pelvic pain; pain in the joints, legs and arms; chest or abdominal pain, and gastrointestinal problems. This book is an in-depth, clinically orientated review of the somatoform disorders and related clinical presentations (such as chronic fatigue syndrome) and how they present in a medico-legal setting. It is aimed at both clinicians and lawyers who deal with injury claims where these disorders impact much more frequently than is generally recognised.

1. Historical overview
2. Classification and the somatoform disorders
3. Clinical presentations
4. Malingering
5. Memory in a medicolegal context
6. Assessment, treatment and prognosis
7. Somatoform disorders in a medicolegal context
8. Mechanisms
9. Causation and the question of consciousness
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Review of the hardback: 'Trimble's literary references and clear, witty prose make this book easy and even entertaining to read ... the points he makes on somatoform disorders in general are of value to all practitioners, and his perspective on medical reports and expert evidence are of especial value.' Irish Medical Law and Ethics e-Bulletin