here is another root of "Somatic Studies"
In germany in the 19th centuary there was a movement amongst psychatric medical doctors that called themselfs "Somatiker" (in opposition to the "psychikern") that believed that all mental illnesses had a physical root, more precise: are rooted in the brain.
Considering the newest brain research about trauma, and the effect that trauma has on the brain which leads to physical and mental illnesses these are really interesting roots:
"In the middle of the century, a "somatic reaction" (somatiker) formed against the speculative doctrines of mentalism, and it was based on neuroanatomy and neuropathology."
Ann Louise Wall
Interesting this. Following our chat yesterday I keep thinking of this interconnectedness and how traumas leave these little scars within our brains and bodies in a way. The more I am aware of trauma the more I am seeing it and it's knock on impact. For example intergenerational trauma and how many people suffering due to traumas which are perhaps not directly related to them but have been passed through from previous generations. It makes one consider how many health problems in current society are related to trauma.
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