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November 17, 1999

Symptom Reduction After Writing About Stressful Experiences

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(19):1811-1812. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1811

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.

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