In 1803 he published his Rhapsodieen über die Anwendung der psychischen Curmethode auf Geisteszerrüttungen (Rhapsodies About Applying the Methods of Treatment to Disorganized Spirits). It included poems, songs, and prose, in which Reil called for the establishment of public asylums. The texts delineate a picture of contemporary German psychiatry in this era. Reil investigated the term “psychotherapy” and took as a starting point the extremely modern, as he called it, “physical cure method.” In the essay “Über den Begriff der Medicin und ihre Verzweigungen, besonders in Beziehung auf die Berichtigung der Topik der Psychiaterie” (“On the Term of Medicine and Its Ramifications, Particularly in Relation to the Revision of the Topic of Psychiatry”), written in 1808, Reil introduced the term “psychiatry.” He started with the principle of continuity between psyche and soma, body and soul, and stated, “The human being has a psychological, physical/chemical and mechanical receptivity; this being reliable, but no more.” Furthermore, he was deeply convinced by the principle of the inseparability of psychiatry from general medicine: “There is, as it were, no psychological medicine, rather a psychiatry; a surgeon, but no surgical medicine.” Following this he described an autonomous theory of psychiatry that took a broad notion of psychiatry as its basis. His comprehensive approach understands psychiatry, psychosomatics, and medical psychology as one entity and as a part of general medicine.