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Medically unexplained symptoms and the ethics of diagnosis: what does it mean when the doctor says there’s nothing wrong?

Stone, Louise; Hooker, Claire


In this chapter, we traverse and integrate perspectives on psychosomatic illness from primary care and critical social theory. At the core of our chapter is a question that patients with medically unexplained or mixed physical and emotional symptoms often ask or are asked: is this all in your head? The chapter reviews how the ontology of psychosomatic illness is understood under different diagnostic labels, and discusses how the act of diagnosis gets entangled with offering ethical and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Reading the Psychosomatic in Medical and Popular Culture: Something. Nothing. Everything
DOI: 10.1201/9781315515694


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