I am intrigued by the social and historical origins of the belief in psychosomatic illnesses and somataform disorders and why these beliefs continue when the rest of medicine is moving toward science based paradigms. I personally do not believe they exist. @alex3619's signature is: Psychobabble ... I can't believe its not science! If we have a psychosomatic illness because a physical illness cannot be objectively shown, how is a psychosomatic illness any more valid since it cannot be objectively shown? Psychogenic Medicine - Dismiss, Reject, Object. A psychosomatic disorder is simply the belief that someone has a psychosomatic disorder. It is failure to diagnose. If there are any papers that prove the existence of any psychosomatic disorder, NAME ONE!? Medically Unexplained Symptoms are Psychosomatic? Psychosomatic illnesses are medically unexplained. I couldn't agree more. I'd like to make a study of this topic. Does anyone have any book or article recommendations on the topic? What is your take on the subject?