Cold feet, itchy palms, a pain in the neck - our everyday language is filled with physical descriptions of emotional reactions. Dr Rush asserts that many symptoms and diseases express emotions that are felt in the body and then transmitted to the consciousness by physical means. The author offers translations of many of the signs. From "whispers" such as goosepimples and a dry mouth, to "louder cries" such as lower back pain and nausea, Rush reveals how clearly people's bodies "speak their minds". Stressing that symptoms are real, and may require medical attention, Rush maintains that determining the hidden causes of ailments can spare the body from having to manifest emotional pain by aching, going into a spasm, or lowering resistance to infection.