Psychosomatic medicine may be considered to be one of the leading approaches to treating comorbid disorders and conditions. The chapters of this volume are written by experts in the field and present the newest developments in psychosomatic medicine, from basic science to clinical approaches and novel treatments. Discussed are communications with patients suffering from serious illness, basic science and management of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Further psychiatric symptomatology in Huntington's disease and its management as well as coping with losses, grief and mourning in prostate cancer are reviewed. Psychocutaneous diseases, the role of telomeres in stress and mental illness, dimensional psychopharmacology in somatizing patients and many other clinically important areas are also covered. Papers in this publication offer new information on the advances of contemporary psychosomatic medicine in variety of areas previously not sufficiently covered and are of valuable reading for psychiatrists, psychologists, internists, oncologists and primary care specialists. von Balon, R. und Wise, T. N.