Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Smyth and colleagues1 present convincing evidence for the salutary effects
of writing on the course of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Their subjects
experienced improvement in lung function or symptoms of arthritis 4 months
after writing about the "most stressful experience they had ever undergone"
for 20 minutes on 3 consecutive days. The authors did not define the mechanism
for this change.
Plaut TF. Symptom Reduction After Writing About Stressful Experiences. JAMA. 1999;282(19):1811-1812. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1811