In this short monograph, one of a series on practical medicine, the author discusses the diagnosis and treatment of so-called imaginary illnesses from a critical point of view. He first points out the dangers of such a diagnosis, giving examples of conditions that in the past were considered as functional and are now known to have an organic basis. The necessity for thorough examination for evidences of organic disease is stressed. In subsequent chapters he discusses the various forms of functional diseases and the possible associated organic conditions. The last chapter is devoted to a very brief discussion of therapy in which the author stresses the point that the type of therapy must vary with the type of case.
The book is obviously intended only as a brief and rather superficial survey of the subject matter and seems to fulfil these qualifications.