Rejecting the traditional view that phobias are a mental disorder, Levinson, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University Medical School, and author of A Solution to the Riddle Dyslexia, offers strong evidence that most phobias have a physiological basis and can be treated simply and safely. Inner ear dysfunction-based phobias, according to Levinson, can be triggered by such disorders as sinus infections, mononucleosis or concussion. Addressed to patients and doctors alike, this book offers self-diagnostic tests and case histories covering a wide variety and combination of phobias. Levinson advocates a holistic approach to treatment embracing medication, behavior modification and psychotherapy. (May 29)
Levinson, a professor of psychiatry at New York University Medical School, claims to ``have discovered that the inner ear is responsible for phobic behavior.'' He argues that such behavior consists of sensory misprocessing triggered by concussion, mononucleosis, prolonged air travel, menopause, and similar physiologically destabilizing factors. Treatment can be limited to medications for motion sickness. Levinson's style may be overly insistent, but he gives his controversial work a clear and convincing format that includes case histories and definitions of symptoms. His advice on obtaining proper diagnosis and treatment is particularly welcome. For subject collections. William Abrams, Portland State Univ. Lib., Ore.