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 2004 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.
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
Review of the hardback: 'The book brilliantly brings historical perspectives and up-to-date evidence together. Trimble's work is remarkably intellectual.' Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Review of the hardback: 'This is a superb book by a well-known expert, clearly written with an enormous amount of information packed into this slim volume. Do not be misled by the title, this is not a step-by-step how-to book, but rather a systematic review grounded in historical, theoretical, phenomenological, and philosophical scholarship. A lifetime of experience and wisdom underlie this book ...' Journal of Psychosomatic Research
"Overall, due to its brevity and completeness, this text is quite interesting, and will provide clinicians with a more global understanding of those being treated for this disorder."
Doody's Review ServiceG
"The book brilliantly brings historical perspectives and up-to-date evidence together. Trimble's work is remarkably intellectual."
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
"...this is a very well-written book. It is an excellent summary for any psychiatrist or physician interested in becoming an expert witness."
Allan Abbass MD, FRCPC, The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
"...a refreshingly direct and candid book on a subject that frequently provokes controversy...Professor Trimble's book is welcome because of its erudition and honesty."
John Sheehan, MB, Quarterly Journal of Mental Health
"Michael Trimble's Somatoform Disorders is packed with a lot of useful information for both clinicians and lawyers dealing with personal injury claims."
"This is not the book to pick up the night before you are to be grilled by an attorney, but it should be carefully read and digested well before then by specialists in Psychosomatic Medicine, Consultation-Liaison, and Forensic Psychiatry, as well as any health care professional testifying regarding disability or malpractice in cases with unexplained physical symptoms."
James L. Levenson, Journal of Psychosomatic Research