Understanding somatization: A phenomenological-hermeneutic approach.

Lori Teresa. De Laplante
Somatization is a phenomenon that poses a tremendous challenge for patients and physicians alike. No health problem raises more confusion, anxiety, frustration and helplessness than distressing physical symptoms, such as pain or fatigue, which doctors are unable to explain. A phenomenological-hermeneutic investigation was therefore conducted to better understand this mysterious phenomenon and to determine why the Western health care system has such difficulty understanding and treating somatizing patients who suffer from medically unexplained physical symptoms....
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