Thure von Uexküll

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1047

A pioneer of psychosomatic medicine

Almost every German university hospital has a chair of psychosomatic medicine, German medical students are obliged to attend courses in medical psychology, sociology, and psychosomatic medicine, and more than 7000 beds in German rehabilitation hospitals are devoted to the treatment of patients with psychosomatic disorders. The unique position of psychosomatic medicine in Germany—in comparison with other European countries—is largely down to the continuous engagement of Thure von Uexküll.

His aim was to practise integrative medicine: organic and psychological problems should be treated together and not by experts from separate disciplines. It was his credo that no …

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